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August 25, 2009 8:34 AM

Edge gets new start with Seahawks?

Even though the Arizona Cardinals reached the Super Bowl, Edgerrin James didn't do much smiling last season.

Months after being released by Arizona, James might grin a little after agreeing to terms on a one-year, $2 million dollar deal with the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN.com reports.

The contract will be finished as soon as James takes and passes a physical.

James could be the Seahawks' answer to their frustrations with the running game. Seattle has been unsatisfied with the prospects of a backfield featuring Julius Jones and T.J. Duckett.

Jones rushed for 698 yards and two touchdowns last season. Duckett rushed for 172 yards and eight touchdowns.

James is the National Football League's leading active rusher with 12, 121 yards. James had 794 carries for 2,895 yards and 16 touchdowns in his three seasons in Arizona. He topped 1,000 yards in 2006 and again in 2007 but was benched for seven games in favor of then-rookie running back Tim Hightower, who scored 10 touchdowns in 2008.

James asked to be released midway through the season. The Cardinals refused and James was reinserted into the starting lineup for Arizona's playoff run. The 31-year-old running back was released shortly after the Cardinals selected Ohio State running back Chris "Beanie"Wells with the 31st pick in the NFL Draft.

The Seahawks are installing a new zone-blocking scheme. James' physical running style could be a good fit for the offense.

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