Saints still looking at RB James, GM says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Saints continue to have RB Edgerrin James on their free-agent radar, but adding to the offensive backfield in the short term isn’t a priority, general manager Mickey Loomis said Tuesday at the NFL Spring Meeting.

“We’ve looked into it, and we’re going to look into it some more,” Loomis said of James, following up on comments he made to two weeks ago. “The price has to be right because we’re tight against the (salary cap). Those elements have to factor in it. We have to make sure if we do pursue it, his expectations are equivalent to our expectations — ‘This is what we’re looking at as a role’ — and make sure that fits in with what he wants for the rest of his career.”

James was released by the Cardinals not long after the team selected RB Chris “Beanie” Wells in the first round of last month’s draft. James, 30, had asked to be traded or released last season after Arizona removed him from the starting lineup in favor of rookie Tim Hightower. However, James was re-inserted into the starting lineup for the playoffs and helped the Cardinals advance to their first Super Bowl, which they lost to the Steelers.

James, a 10-year NFL veteran, has rushed for 12,121 yards and 80 touchdowns in his career.

— Steve Wyche

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