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Edgerrin James discusses the deal he signed with the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Colts quarterback Peyton Manning talked to ESPN's Chris Mortensen on Sunday night about losing Edgerrin James to the Arizona Cardinals.
"This is bittersweet news for me personally and for the Colts. I'm happy for Edgerrin because he got a great deal from the Cardinals. But I'm sad because I just lost one of the best teammates that I've ever had -- for the past seven years. This is the business side of the NFL but the tough side for the relationships that you build on in this league."
Manning said he tried calling James on Sunday evening but didn't get through.
"I just left him a long lengthy voicemail to tell him everything that he's meant to me."
Manning added he and James were able to spend time together recently, in what Manning called "kind of a farewell night."
"The one thing that I am really glad about besides the fact that I got to play with Edgerrin for seven years was that my wife, Ashley, and I recently spent some time in Miami and Edgerrin took us out, and we had an absolutely great time together."
Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.