James explained his reasoning on Twitter, saying that "it is a tough, but the right decision." The Denver Broncos had to begin the second week of training camp without starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James after the sixth-year veteran opted out of playing the 2020 NFL season, citing safety concerns as a result of the pandemic. Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings. We’ll see if he can stay healthy and play up to the expected level in 2020. Head Coach Vic Fangio said Drew Lock's ability to start will be about more than his ability to throw the football. Sullivan, who was hired shortly after Elway returned to the team in 2011, will not have his contract renewed. The Broncos went after the Patriots vertically with Drew Lock back in the lineup. He started the first seven games of the 2015 season before suffering a toe injury which landed him on injured reserve. James is a very good guy and well liked in the lockerroom. James did not live up to that inflated price tag and thus is under scrutiny heading into this season. In 2019, James only played 63 snaps. They have enough issues at left tackle with Garett Bolles, and they have a competition where Elijah Wilkinson will compete for that spot. Powered by Minute Media © 2020 All Rights Reserved. It seemed like he would have a good year every other season, playing well as a rookie, in 2016 and in 2018. With a rushing attack that will feature Melvin Gordon and Phillip Lindsay, having an athletic right tackle like James would help. • Free-agency coverage » | More NFL ». SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - AUGUST 08: Ja'Wuan James #70 of the Denver Broncos warms up before the preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on August 08, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. He exited the season opener in the second quarter with a knee injury. According to ESPN, the Broncos were aware that James was considering the move in recent weeks. Hamler was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday alongside several other key contributors. What's the latest from Broncos Camp? The pressure is on for him to play up to his price tag, and the team needs him to come through as a solid starter. ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos are poised for an offseason flush with salary-cap space and draft picks. James said on Christmas Eve he had actually dealt with torn ligaments in his knee and that the knee kept "giving out" in practice as well as in the half he played Dec. 8 against the Houston Texans. In 2018 James is scheduled to make just over $9 million on the season. Take a second and sign up for our free newsletter and get breaking Broncos news delivered to your inbox daily! The Broncos wanted the same competition last year, but James was unable to stay healthy and that forced Wilkinson into his right tackle spot. The Broncos had interest in trading for James before the 2018 season. Over his five seasons with the Dolphins, James started all 62 games in which he was active. Two other players -- cornerback Bryce Callahan (three years, $21 million) and running back Theo Riddick (1 year, $2.5 million) -- didn't appear in a game, spending the season on injured reserve with foot and shoulder injuries, respectively. His hamstring injury is worse than originally expected and several doctors have been examining the Dolphins starting tackle. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: nfl | pageType: stories | We'll never pass along your email address to spammers, scammers, or the like. Can the Broncos overcome their underdog odds and shock the world at Gillette Stadium? That aggressive mindset is here to stay. Miami appears to be headed towards a serious shake-up/makeover on offense next season. Bouye, who was injured in Week 1, may also miss the team's game against the Patriots. All Rights Reserved. In 2017 he made just four starts. Instead, James stayed with the Dolphins and they picked up his fifth-year option for the 2018 season. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in the season opener which hampered him all year. Now the question is no longer will he return this season but will he return in 2018? Additionally, one of his family members was hospitalized with COVID-19, and he feels as though risking the health of his loved ones just isn't enough to suit up this season. The Broncos shocked the world, upsetting the nine-point favorite Patriots 18-12 in Week 6. Who were the biggest winners and losers? In his five seasons in Miami, James did not play more than eight games in back-to-back seasons. Log in and join the in-game discussion as we live-blog DENvsNE. Where Miami needs the most changes however is on the offensive line whether you want to believe the Dolphins or not. He doesn’t deserve a stipend. When free agency began in 2019, James was considered one of the best players at his position that would be available. I’ve had to risk it by going to work every day to pay my bills. The answer here is easy; James needs to stay healthy, first and foremost. This offseason, the Broncos must not just spend, but spend wisely. If healthy, the Broncos will be fine at right tackle and be able to see who wins the left tackle job. If on the roster on the 5th day of the 2022 league year he will earn a $2 million roster bonus. It's ultimately up to Ja'Wuan, and I think the trust factor is there. He’s the broncos version of Albert haynesworth. James did not make another on-field appearance in 2019. The one thing I don't want to do is I don't want to question it. Miami likely wont’ make a decision until after James has been cleared to return but the time frame on that window will be in early March. He started most of his career with the Dolphins at right tackle, but there were times when he had to fill in at left tackle due to injury. You lazy fuck, I guess us fans were right , we really needed to draft a tackle in the first 3 rounds or at least one in the draft. © 2020 Bonneville International. Ja'Wuan Amir James (born June 3, 1992) is an American football offensive tackle for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). He's another guy, even if it does him well and he can play, the conditioning level is a factor.". Denver Broncos starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James injured his knee during Monday’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders and left the game during the second quarter. Add in the fact that second-year quarterback Drew Lock needs the best protection possible, and you can see the task at hand for James. • Best remaining free agents available » The Miami Dolphins will not have Ja’Wuan James at right tackle the rest of the year and he may not be in the teams long term plans either. More flush -- as in more than $60 million in salary cap space before they've made any roster moves and a projected 12 draft picks -- than they've been during John Elway's tenure as the team's top football executive.
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