The Seahawks signed James as a rotational backup in late August, but the former Colts and Cardinals running back never really got things going in a confused offense and behind a sub-par offensive line. James gained 125 yards on 46 carries for a 2.7 yards per carry average and no touchdowns. James faced both his former teams in a Seahawks uniform this season, but didn't fare too well – he gained a total of 19 yards on 7 carried against Indianapolis and Arizona.
James did move into 10th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list against the Cowboys, but that was a bit of a Franco Harris moment for the Seahawks – too little, too late. The move will give more reps to Justin Forsett.
Drafted fourth overall in the first round of the 1999 NFL draft, the Miami alum led the NFL in rushing his first two seasons and became a major part of Indianapolis' dynamic offense in recent years. He missed the Colts' Super Bowl XLI win over the Chicago Bears, but made it to Super Bowl XLIII as a member of the Cardinals in their close loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In addition to releasing James, the Seahawks officially announced the release of cornerback Travis Fisher, and safety C.J. Wallace. To replace them on the 53-man roster, the Seahawks have signed wide receiver Mike Hass, cornerback Roy Lewis, and safety Jamar Adams off their practice squad.
Added to the practice squad were running back Devin Moore, and cornerbacks Trae Williams and DeAngelo Willingham.
Moore originally joined the Seahawks as undrafted free agent from Wyoming, but was released at the end of training camp after leading the 'Hawks with 136 yards rushing and scoring the team's only rushing touchdown during the preseason.
Williams is a first-year player from South Florida who was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 5th round of the 2008 NFL Draft, but was waived at the end of training camp and spent the entire season on the Eagles' practice squad. Philadelphia waived Williams on September 5, and 10 days, Williams worked out for the Seahawks.
Willingham is an undrafted rookie from Tennessee. He made 8 tackles for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the pre-season, but was waived at the end of August. The Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots both put claims Willingham, with his services awarded to Dallas. The Cowboys released him a few days later, and the Patriots added him to their practice squad, where he spent two weeks before being released on September 21.