Dolphins sign first-round pick Ja'Wuan James
As part of the Miami Dolphins' overhaul of their dysfunctional offensive line, the team grabbed University of Tennessee tackle Ja'Wuan James with the 19th overall pick in last month's draft. James, slated to start at right tackle, signed Thursday.
The 6'6", 315-pound James signed a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year, worth $8.4 million fully guaranteed with a $4.45 million signing bonus. James tweeted a photo of himself signing the contract, plus the message "Happy to officially be a part of the @MiamiDolphins for many years to come #FinsUp."
James is expected to be one of four new starters on the Dolphins' offensive line, which is trying to rebuild after the Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito saga that derailed last season. Center Mike Pouncey is the only returning starter. With James signing, the Dolphins' only remaining unsigned draft pick is third-round pick Billy Turner -- another offensive lineman.
After James' signing, just three first round picks remain unsigned: Cleveland cornerback Justin Gilbert, Tennessee offensive tackle Taylor Lewan and New England defensive tackle Dominique Easley.
Happy to officially be apart of the @MiamiDolphins for many years to come #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/AWA6DSV6TQ — Ja'Wuan James (@JawuanJames70) June 19, 2014