The Miami Dolphins have one of the building blocks for their revamped offensive line.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday, per a source who has seen the contract, that the team signed first-round pick Ja'Wuan James, the No. 19 overall selection in May's draft. The team later announced the move.
Unique in the deal? It's the first time a No. 19 pick has secured a fully guaranteed contract (skill, injury and cap) under the new CBA, per Rapoport. James received a four-year deal worth approximately $8.4 million with a signing bonus of $4.45 million. That's far more money than the No. 19 slot typically receives, Rapoport noted.
James was durable at Tennessee, setting the university benchmark for career starts with 49.
NFL Media draft analyst Nolan Nawrocki called James "very smart, mature and highly respected."
That's just the kind of locker room presence the Dolphins need after a disastrous 2013.