Why the Seahawks released 'Edge'

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Seahawks' decision to sign veteran running back Edgerrin James made sense when Seattle was expecting to immediately contend for an NFC West title.

James apparently became a luxury the team couldn't afford once it struggled to a 2-5 start, particularly with Justin Forsett backing up the promise he showed during the preseason (minus that fumble Sunday).

That probably explains why the team released James on Tuesday. James isn't contributing on special teams and the Seahawks aren't getting much from him in the running game.

I would expect the Seahawks to give playing time to recently signed running back Louis Rankin, who played for offensive coordinator Greg Knapp in Oakland.

In another move, the Seahawks released safety C.J. Wallace. They signed receiver Mike Hass, safety Jamar Adams and cornerback Roy Lewis.