Erasmus James is Gone


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.

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  • DA2213Viking

    LOOK MAN IF YOU ASK ME WERE ALL JUST TRYING TO FORGET MIKE TICE, WITH REASON,THIS WAS SMART BY CHILLY CUZ WE HAVE THAT BOY THEY CALL JARED ON THAT LE AND ASSI. HEAD COACH LESLIE FRAZIER SAID RAY EDWARDS WAS LOOKING GOOD DURING OTAS. PLUSS LETS NOT FORGET ELLIS WYMS AND OF COURSE BRIAN ROBINSON.THE POINT IS WE WANNA WIN NOW DAMMIT AND WITH THIS KILLER RUNNING GAME, LETS HOPE IT HOLDS UP AND,AND A POSSIBLE EMERGENCE FROM T-JACK, HAVING A SECOND YEAR RICE ,A SPEEDY RECEIVER IN BERRIAN, AND BOBBY WADE IN HIS NATURAL SLOT POSITION, WILL HOPE WITH OUT A DOUBT ON OFFENSE. 2008 BABY LETS MAKE IT RAIN ON THEM HOES

  • JD

    WOW. You don’t read much, do you?

  • DA2213Viking

    NOT SURE WHAT YOU MEAN BRO CARE TO EXPLAIN?