Defensive end Erasmus James, the second of the Vikings’ two first-round picks in 2005, has been indefinitely suspended by the NFL, according to ProFootballTalk.com. James is not currently with an NFL team.
No official reason has been given for the suspension but you can bet the Vikings are breathing another sigh of relief they were able to get rid of James.
The Vikings originally placed James on waivers in May 2008, but in a savvy move the transaction was made entering the Memorial Day weekend. There was no waiver wire on that Friday. The Washington Redskins decided they would give up a conditional seventh-round pick for James and thus Minnesota was able to get something for a guy who was no longer in their plans.
As for the first of those two opening-round picks for the Vikings in 2005, you probably don’t need to be reminded that Troy Williamson was selected seventh overall with a pick obtained in the trade that sent Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders.