ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent tackle Ja’Wuan James on a four-year contract, President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway announced on Wednesday.
James (6-6, 312 pounds) is a sixth-year player who started all 63 games played (56 at RT, 7 at LT) for the Dolphins since being selected by the club with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft from the University of Tennessee. His 56 starts at right tackle are the eighth most by an NFL player during the last five seasons.
In 15 starts in 2018, James helped the Dolphins rank ninth in the NFL in yards per rush (4.7). Miami was one of just four teams to average at least four yards per rush on more than half of its attempts (50.1%).
James started all 16 games in both 2014 and 2016—seasons which saw Miami produce 1,000-yard rushers in Lamar Miller (‘14) and Jay Ajayi (‘16). Ajayi ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing with 1,272 yards in 2016 to become the first Dolphins running back in eight years to make the Pro Bowl.
In four seasons at Tennessee, James opened all 49 games played at right tackle to set a school record for starts by an offensive lineman. He earned honorable mention All-America honors as a senior for the Volunteers in 2013.
A graduate of North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Ga., James was born on June 3, 1992, in Atlanta. His first name is pronounced JUH-wan.