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Bradie James | Linebacker

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/17/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 240
College: LSU
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Cowboys ILB Bradie James has retired from the NFL after 10 seasons.
James, 33, was out of the league last season but is signing a one-day contract to retire as a member of the team that drafted him with the 103rd pick in 2003. He spent the first nine seasons of his career in Dallas, appearing in every game from 2004-2011 and not missing a start from 2005-2010. He amassed five 100-tackle seasons. James played for the Texans in 2012. May 6 - 2:17 PM

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Texans owner Bob McNair pointed to inside linebacker as one of the team's biggest need positions this offseason.

We're not sure why McNair has been commenting on personnel matters so often lately, but it's his team. In addition to receiver, McNair mentioned inside 'backer as a position on which the Texans might use the 27th overall draft pick. Brian Cushing will return from his ACL tear, but free agents Bradie James and Barrett Ruud will surely walk. Darryl Sharpton should get another opportunity.
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 12:43:00 AM

Texans ILB Bradie James (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Titans.

James, 32 next month, is a solid run defender but doesn't offer much on passing downs. With Brian Cushing already on injured reserve, Houston is down to a rotation of Tim Dobbins, Darryl Sharpton, and Barrett Ruud this week. It's an upgrade to Chris Johnson's outlook for Sunday.
Sat, Dec 1, 2012 03:20:00 PM

Texans ILB Bradie James was forced from Houston's Thanksgiving game against the Lions with a hamstring injury, and will not return.

The Texans are down to Darryl Sharpton and Barrett Ruud as their only healthy inside linebackers. With OLB Brooks Reed out with a groin injury, the Texans are going to be working out free agent linebackers next week.
Thu, Nov 22, 2012 03:41:00 PM

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has already decided on ILB Bradie James as the Texans' signal caller on defense.

James, familiar with Phillips' scheme from their Dallas days, is locked in as the starter next to Brian Cushing. "He’s the signal caller," Phillips said of James. "He calls all the signals and all the audibles. The guy is a field general. ... I don’t see much difference in him than a year and a half ago."
Wed, May 30, 2012 05:07:00 PM

Texans LBs coach Reggie Herring suggested that Bradie James is viewed as the starter next to Brian Cushing at inside linebacker.

"I don't mind throwing it on the table," said Herring, "We're pretty pleased with picking Bradie up, because we feel like we gained back what we lost with DeMeco (Ryans) leaving, and then some to be honest with you." With four years in Wade Phillips' defense, James has a decisive edge over Darryl Sharpton for the starting job.
Source: NFL.com
Tue, May 22, 2012 02:57:00 PM

Texans agreed to terms with ILB Bradie James.

James played for DC Wade Phillips in Dallas, so there's plenty of familiarity. Once a Pro Bowl caliber inside linebacker, the 31-year-old has lost a few steps over the past two seasons. He's expected to compete with Darryl Sharpton for the starting job next to Brian Cushing.
Thu, Apr 12, 2012 02:37:00 PM

Free agent ILB Bradie James is not expected back with the Cowboys in 2012.

James is the only player to lead the franchise in tackles for six consecutive seasons, but he's clearly lost a step at age 31. Sean Lee has emerged as a Pro Bowl-caliber linebacker, and the Cowboys drafted Bruce Carter in the second round last season.
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 06:58:00 PM

Cowboys ILBs Bradie James and Keith Brooking rotated snaps in Week 1's loss to the Jets.

With Sean Lee playing nearly every down at one spot on the inside, James and Brooking essentially platooned at the other. James failed to record a tackle, and Brooking notched only four. While Lee is rapidly rising in IDP leagues, James and Brooking are fading.
Thu, Sep 15, 2011 06:38:00 PM

The Cowboys' website confirms that ILB Bradie James is expected to keep his starting job in 2011.

The Cowboys used a top-45 pick on Bruce Carter, but he may be a year away from being starter-caliber after tearing his ACL late last season. James, entering a contract year, probably has one season left as an every-down linebacker in Dallas. He hasn't missed a start since 2004, and finished last year with a career-most 118 tackles to go with two forced fumbles.
Wed, May 11, 2011 03:01:00 PM

Cowboys ILB Bradie James ended up undergoing surgery on his left patellar tendon after the season.

James showed his toughness in playing through the PCL sprain throughout the entire second half of the season. He would have been held out of this week's workout had the offseason program gone on as scheduled. James, a free agent after the 2011 season, hasn't missed a game in seven years. Expect him to be out there in Week 1.
Wed, May 4, 2011 01:09:00 PM

Cowboys ILB Bradie James played most of last season with a sprained PCL.

James has proven one of the most reliable linebackers in the league, playing all 16 games in seven straight years. Playing through the knee sprain, he piled up a career-high 118 tackles to lead Dallas in that category for a sixth straight season. Despite some issues in pass coverage, James is locked in as a starter heading to 2011. He may have a new running mate inside, though.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Feb 21, 2011 10:02:00 AM

Cowboys ILB Bradie James is day to day with a sprained PCL.

It doesn't sound like a serious injury. James has at least six tackles in each of Dallas' first four games, and forced a fumble in Sunday's loss to the Titans. His backups are rookie Sean Lee and special teamer Leon Williams.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mon, Oct 11, 2010 03:17:00 PM

Cowboys ILB Bradie James had to go the locker room with a knee injury he suffered early in the team's Week 5 game against Tennessee.

James returned shortly after.
Sun, Oct 10, 2010 05:11:00 PM

Cowboys ILB Bradie James will resume being an every-down player this season.

James was a two-down 'backer until midway through last season. He'll have more big-play opportunities playing in passing situations and will see more snaps. Still, don't expect him to come close to repeating his eight sacks.
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 02:34:00 PM

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