Armando Salguero reports that the Dolphins would like to keep RT Ja’Wuan James, despite the recent reports that he’s available for trade, and have even offered him a contract that they’re hoping he signs before free agency.
The issue to watch is whether James is willing to accept what amounts to a pay reduction to be back with the Dolphins or is willing to take his chances playing for another team.
According to Salguero, James has told teammates that he would like to remain in Miami.
The issue for the Dolphins is that James could end up doing pretty well in free agency, given that there’s a lack of tackle depth this year, which is probably why they’re entertaining trade offers for him.
James, 25, was taken with the No. 19 overall pick by the Dolphins back in 2014. He played out the final year of his four-year, $8.4 million contract and made a base salary of $1,569,327 for the 2017 season.
However, the Dolphins picked up James’ fifth-year option last year, which will cost Miami $9,341,000 for the 2018 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading or releasing James would free up $9,341,000 of available cap space while creating no dead money.
In 2017, James appeared in eight games for the Dolphins and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 17 offensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding James as the news is available.