Ja’Wuan James will sign 4-year, $52 million contract with Denver Broncos
The Denver Broncos certainly made themselves one of the biggest spenders this offseason.
One of the Broncos’ first targets for improvement is the offensive line, with their needs in that department being immediately addressed by signing the Miami Dolphins’ standout right tackle, Ja’Wuan James.
As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos will sign the Tennessee standout to a massive four-year, $52 million contract with $32 million of that hefty sum in guaranteed money.
The news of James’ signing came soon after Denver made another huge move by acquiring Houston Texans safety Kareem Jackson to a three-year deal worth $33 million. This brings the Broncos’ total free agency bill to a whopping $87 million spent within 24 hours.
Per Pro Football Focus, James is ranked as the 34th-best offensive tackle in the NFL the previous season with a decent grade of 70.8.
While James is hardly considered as one of the league’s elite offensive linemen, the Broncos appear to believe in 26-year-old Georgia native’s potential at becoming the next notable offensive tackle for the fabled franchise.
James’ five-year stint in the NFL has been nothing short of consistent whenever he’s healthy. He’s played in 62 games thus far; all of them in a starting role.
James’ balanced approach on both run- and pass-blocking schemes made him an attractive option in the eyes of the Denver organization. Last season, he helped Miami’s polarizing quarterbacks Ryan Tannehill and Brock Osweiler perfrom relatively competent on the field. On top of that, he was also a key anchor in the Dolphins’ sound run game, which ranked ninth in the league with an average of 4.8 yards per carry.