Erasmus James was drafted in the first round in 2005 after a stellar career as a speed pass rusher with Wisconsin.
James showed flashes of talent in his rookie season…and also a propensity to hit quarterbacks out of bounds.
Unfortunately, James tore his ACL against Carolina in Week 2 of 2006. He fought to return in 2007, but was only able to play a few snaps before having to be shut down again.
In the meantime, players like Ray Edwards and Brian Robison emerged as solid prospects at James’ right-end position. Then the bombshell trade for Jared Allen which completely changed the complexion of the Vikings’ defensive line.
The writing was perhaps on the wall for Erasmus from the second Allen was acquired…and indeed, today the Vikings waived James after he failed his physical.
“We decided today to waive Erasmus and we wish the best for him in the future,” coach Brad Childress said in a statement.
Thus ends the Vikings career of Erasmus James. His stats in purple: 23 games, 30 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 forced fumble.
So there’s the final nail in the coffin of the Vikings’ 2005 first round: Troy Williamson traded away; Erasmus James cut. Mike Tice…draft genius.