Tempe, Ariz. The Arizona Cardinals have hollered to anyone who would listen that they are serious about building a winner.
They backed up the big talk Sunday by signing Edgerrin James to a four-year, $30 million contract - almost certainly the most significant free-agent acquisition in the history of the long-suffering franchise.
"You look at his ability to go out and run the football," Arizona coach Dennis Green said, "and that's an element we just have to have. We are extremely excited. We had a great weekend."
James flew into Phoenix with agent Drew Rosenhaus on Saturday and had a deal by Sunday morning. It was the only visit he made as a free agent.