Bradie James survived the wave of cuts that saw guys like Marion Barber, Andre Gurode and Roy Williams receive their walking papers, but halfway through a season in which second-year man Sean Lee has emerged as the team’s best inside linebacker, James knows that his time with Dallas could be winding down.
"The writing is on the wall,'' James said recently, per the Dallas Morning News. "As soon as that happens, after the first game, the second game, the writing is on the wall.
"I'm a big boy, a grown man with a family. I know what time it is.''
James is in the final year of his contract with the team, and the Cowboys appear more poised than ever to continue in their commitment to going young across the roster. But for now, Lee is injured, meaning that James will likely see a bump in playing time.
Whatever his role moving forward, James believes he is in the autumn of his career in Dallas--a realization that only came when the season was under way.
"No, you don't see it because we have all the confidence in the world,'' said James. "We think we're still ballin'.
"I'm in training camp rolling, running the show, the next day you know, I'm on ice. There is nothing else I can do about it but just continue to go out there and play and help everybody else. That's my role. We all have roles, and I had to figure that out to make my role the best and deal with it the best way. That's what I've done, to help everyone else out.''
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