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
The Miami Dolphins have signed first round draft choice Ja'Wuan James, according to a tweet from James. The team selected James with the 19th overall pick in May's NFL Draft, and he is expected to immediately start for the club at right tackle.
James' contract is expected to be just shy of $13 million, with a $4.5 million signing bonus. The four-year rookie contract will include a team fifth-year option, a standard for first-round draft picks. The deal will likely also include offset language, something the Dolphins have included in all of their rookie deals in recent years. That language would relieve the team of some of the guaranteed money owed James if he should be cut from the team prior to reaching the full guaranteed amount, and then he signed with a new franchise.
No official details of the contract have been announced.
The signing of James means third round draft choice, offensive lineman Billy Turner, is the only player selected by Miami in the Draft to have not yet signed his deal.