Former Vols OL Ja'Wuan James Signs With Miami Dolphins

Former Vols offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James, the 19th overall selection by the Miami Dolphins in this year’s NFL Draft, signed his first professional contract on Thursday.

James’ deal, according to, is for $8.4 million over four years, with a $4.45 million (approximate) signing bonus.

The deal is fully guaranteed, which is extremely rare for a player drafted in that slot. In fact, NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport  reports it’s the first fully guaranteed deal for the 19th pick.

The Dolphins obviously aren’t too concerned with James’ durability.

And they shouldn’t be.

The former Vol, who is already standing out as a leader for the Dolphins, never missed a game in his four-year career at Tennessee. He started at right tackle in each of his 49 career games.

James is expected to be the Dolphins’ starting right tackle in 2014. He’s been working with the first team offense from the start of OTA’s and minicamps.

One of the Dolphins main areas of concern heading into the offseason was right tackle.

Judging by James’ rookie contract, it looks like Miami believes they found their guy.

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