Another first-rounder is in the books.
The deal includes a $7.1 million signing bonus for James, the No. 17 overall pick from April's draft.
"He's a true interchangeable safety. He can play on the hash and cover ground," one scout told longtime beat writer Bob McGinn before the draft. "Yet he can come down to the slot and cover. He's what you want. He's a stud."
Instead, James is planted in Los Angeles as a core member of a Chargers defensive backfield loaded with talented pieces. His NFL story begins now.