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Erasmus James
No. 99     Free Agent
Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: November 4, 1982 (1982-11-04) (age 27)
Place of birth: Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 266 lb (121 kg)
Career information
College: Wisconsin
NFL Draft: 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 18
Debuted in 2005 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
 As player:
Roster status: Suspended
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Erasmus James (born November 4, 1982 in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis) is an American football defensive end who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 18th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin.

James has also played for the Washington Redskins.


Early years

James attended McArthur High School in Hollywood, Florida and was a standout in football and basketball. Despite not playing football until his senior year, he posted 14 sacks, and 53 tackles (23 for losses) in his only season.

College career

James attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he played on the defensive line alongside teammate Anttaj Hawthorne. He finished his career with 124 tackles (25.5 for losses), 18 sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and six pass deflections. James was nicknamed "The Eraser," due to his ability to sack the quarterback. James was an All-American his senior season.

Professional career

Pre-draft measureables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20 ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6-4⅛* 266* 4.75** 1.63* 2.77* 4.44* 7.56* 37½"* 10'02"* 25** 17*
* represents NFL Combine

325-pound bench press. 600-pound squat.[1][2]


Minnesota Vikings

James was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings 18th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. During his rookie year he compiled 28 total tackles and four sacks. James missed most of the 2006 and 2007 seasons with injuries. The Vikings made their intentions clear to waive James on May 23, 2008, but later rescinded the waiver after the Washington Redskins offered a conditional 2009 seventh-round draft choice. He finished his injury-plagued career with the Vikings with a disappointing 37 tackles, and 5 sacks.

Washington Redskins

On May 27, 2008, the Vikings agreed to trade James to the Washington Redskins for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He appeared in five games for the Redskins in 2008 but did not record any statistics and was eventually waived on December 9, 2008.


  1. ^ Erasmus James USA Today. Retrieved April 20, 2009.
  2. ^ pass-rusher saluted, scolded for his play

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