The biggest move of the fantasy football offseason was made official on Sunday, as Edgerrin James signed a four-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. The switch to a new team obviously alters James' value for the 2006 season, while opening up a starting slot in Indianapolis.
Immediately, the question arises: Can James continue to be an elite running back on a team that has been an annual source of disappointing rushing numbers? The Cardinals haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since 1998, and only three of their RBs have surpassed the century mark since the team moved to Arizona in 1988. Last year, Arizona ranked last in the NFL in rushing, and an injury-riddled and ineffective offensive line used 11 different starters and six different starting combinations overall.