Cardinals GM: Team declined to release benched RB James
Updated: November 20, 2008, 1:42 PM ETBy John Clayton | ESPN.com
Arizona looks to clinch their first NFC West title with a win Sunday vs. Giants and a 49ers loss vs. Cowboys.
"I explained to him that we still saw Edgerrin as a valuable member of our football team," Graves said.Rosenhaus said the request to be released was made last week and that he will continue to speak with Cardinals management. James has lost his starting job to rookie Tim Hightower. Over the past three games, James has had only three carries for 5 yards. "Edgerrin isn't trying to cause any problems," Rosenhaus said. "He has had a Hall of Fame career and he has enjoyed his stay in Arizona. But it's apparent that he's probably not going to be back with the Cardinals next season. If that's the case, he can move and help another team and get a start now." John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report