The Miami Dolphins have picked the the fifth-year option of right tackle Ja’Wuan James, a league source said Monday.
James was the 19th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and he started all 16 games in 2014 and 2016 and seven games in 2015.
This season will be James’ fourth in the NFL but the Dolphins had to declare if they were exercising the option this week.
James, 6-feet-4, 307 pounds, was ranked as the 32nd-best NFL tackle in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus. After a slow start to last season, James made the adjustments necessary to live up to his potential as a very good tackle.
James’ rookie contract was for four years and $8.4 million. James will be scheduled to make $8.821 million in 2018.
The highest paid right tackle in the NFL in 2017 will be Lane Johnson of Philadelphia at $9.8 million.
After the NFL Draft on Saturday, executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum said the Dolphins were “close to getting that finalized… so we will keep that suspenseful for a couple of more days.”
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