Schefter says the deal includes $500,000 guaranteed this year and James is expected to rehab with his sights set on returning to play for Baltimore in 2022.
This is a creative move by the Ravens to take a gamble on James as a long-term solution at right tackle without putting much on the line in terms of risk.
James was released by the Broncos after tearing his Achilles this offseason to cap off a tumultuous time in Denver. He just filed a grievance against the Broncos today seeking $15 million in lost guarantees.
James, 28, 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.
The Dolphins elected to pick up James’ fifth-year option for the 2018 season but he later departed for a four-year, $52 million contract that includes $32 million guaranteed with the Broncos in 2019.
James was set to make a base salary of $10 million for the 2020 season when he opted out. That was deferred to the 2021 season, but after tearing his Achilles, Denver released James with a June 1 designation.
In 2019, James was limited to appearing in just three games for the Broncos and making three starts at right tackle.
We’ll have more on James as the news is available.