Former Tennessee Vols offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James is about to get paid.
I mean, really paid.
The Denver Broncos are reportedly signing James to a four year contract worth $52 million. The deal with include $32 million in guaranteed money.
Former Dolpins’ OT JaWuan James intends to sign a four-year, $52 million deal that includes $32 million guaranteed with the Denver Broncos, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
James, for now, will be the league’s highest paid right tackle.
The Miami Dolphins reportedly wanted to keep James in South Beach, but they weren’t willing to spend as much cash as the Broncos.
Dolphins wanted to keep Ja’Wuan James, but they didn’t want to go as high as Denver did. Broncos tried to trade for him last offseason and made him one of their top FA targets this offseason. They got their man.
— Cameron Wolfe (@CameronWolfe) March 12, 2019
James has never reached a Pro-Bowl, but he’s been a consistent performer in recent years.
Ja’Wuan James has been very consistent over the past three years pic.twitter.com/3mpgxl6QwR
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 28, 2019
The Dolphins were hesitant to pick up James’ fifth year option in 2017, but they eventually made the decision to bring him back for an extra year instead of letting the former Vol hit free agency.
James’ huge contract is a sign that the offensive line depth in this free agency class isn’t very deep and/or top heavy.
By the way, a fun fact about James at Tennessee: he started all 49 games in college at right tackle.
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