Edgerrin James to be released soon – are Texans an option?

After drafting Chris “Beanie” Wells in the first round of the NFL draft on Saturday, the Arizona Republic expects the Cardinals to release running back Edgerrin James soon, possibly even as earlier as this weekend.

James started clamoring that he wanted out of Arizona last season when he started losing carries to Tim Hightower. James carried the ball only 133 times (his lowest total since an injury-plagued 2001 season) for 514 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season. He did rush for 236 yards on 61 carries in the playoffs last year (including the Super Bowl), but even then the writing seemed to be on the wall that he was done in the desert.

If he is released, James will get what he wants, although his market value will be extremely low now that the draft is over. At 30 years old, he’s at the age where teams stop looking at you as a starter and more as a backup in a platoon.

This is just speculation on my part, but one team that could be interested in James is the Texans. Steve Slaton emerged as a quality starter last year, but like most backs in the NFL, he wouldn’t be able to sustain the pounding of a full 16-game season. The team also still has Chris Brown and Ryan Moats on the roster, but Brown spent the entire 2008 season on IR due to a back injury and Moats rushed for just 94 yards on 26 carries last season.

Some speculated that the Texans would pick a running back in the first round of last week’s draft, but they decided to once again address their defense with the selection of linebacker Brian Cushing. Houston then went then entire weekend without taking a running back in any of the seven rounds.

James wouldn’t get more than a one or two year deal at this point, but he could make a nice complement to Slaton as long as he’s motivated. I know James still wants to be a starter, but at this point he better be willing to take a role in a platoon.

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Officer keeps Ryan Moats from dying mother-in-law

I saw this story yesterday and unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to post anything about it. But it’s seriously one of the most ridiculous incidents I’ve read about in some time.

Texans’ running back Ryan Moats was rushing to get his wife to a Dallas area hospital so she could see her dying mother before she passed. On the way there, Moats ran a red light and was eventually detained by a police officer in the hospital parking lot.

Here’s the video of the story:

Absolutely ridiculous. ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. Ridiculous!

Look, I understand police officers don’t have the easiest jobs in the world and drivers no doubt probably hand them every excuse in the book as to why they sped or ran a red light or whatever. But it’s clear that Moats was in the hospital parking lot, he wasn’t trying to evade the officer or do anything illegal and the cop still had the gall to detain him. Even the freaking nurses and hospital security were trying to help and still the officer played hard ass.

Not to get all philosophical on a sports blog or anything, but nothing really matters in the end. We’re all going to check out at some point and once that happens, speeding tickets, bad grades and everything else just won’t matter. Moats’ mother-in-law was losing her life and this officer kept him from properly saying goodbye. It’s a sad story and while I applaud the Dallas Police Department for holding a press conference and apologizing, I shutter to think that there are cops out there like this undeniable ass clown, who would do something as stupid so heartless.

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