After selecting former Ohio State alum Chris “Beanie” Wells in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft last Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals decided to release one-time starting running back Edgerrin James.

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James expressed interest in getting out of Arizona during the middle of last season after losing carries to Tim Hightower. James turned it on a bit during the Cardinals’ Super Bowl run, but it still wasn’t enough for the team to keep him, especially not after Wells slipped to them in the first round last Saturday.

Despite winning the NFC and coming off a Super Bowl appearance, oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com have made them 20/1 long shots to win the 2010 Super Bowl. Part of the reason oddsmakers could be slighting the Cards is because of teams that represented the NFC in the Super Bowl have not fared well the previous season.

At 30, James is probably not a starter at this point in his career, but he’s healthy and he’ll find work with a team that will use him in a platoon role.

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Posted: 4/27/09 11:00PM ET

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