June 19, 2014
Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James has signed a four-year contract with the Miami Dolphins as he announced on Twitter on Thursday.
Ja'Wuan James (@JawuanJames70) June 19, 2014
James was taken No. 19 overall by Miami after starting for four years with the Vols. James is expected to start at right tackle for the Dolphins.
No official contract details have been announced, but media reports say James' contract is expected to be just shy of $13 million, with a $4.5 million signing bonus. The four-year rookie contract will include a team fifth-year option, a standard for first-round draft picks.
James started all 49 games of his college career, all at right tackle, including all 12 in his senior season of 2013. With 49 starts, the Suwanee, Ga., native set the record for career starts by an offensive lineman in Tennessee history, passing Jeff Smith (48). His 49 games played, stands second to former teammate and 2013 Senior Bowl invitee Dallas Thomas (50) for most games played on the offensive line at Tennessee.
He participated in the NFL Combine in Indianapolis after playing in the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl.
The 6-6, 318-pound James was an All-SEC second-team selection by the Associated Press in 2013. He was also a member of the preseason Outland Trophy Watch List. James earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week on Dec. 2 following his college finale at Kentucky, when he set the school record for consecutive start by a Vols offensive lineman. As a senior, James helped the Vols to 2,261 rushing yards in 2013, the most by UT since 2004. With James as a anchor, the Vols' offensive line allowed just 23 sacks over the last two years, including just eight in 2012, the fourth fewest in the NCAA at 0.67 per game. Tennessee had five games of more than 500 yards of total offense in 2012.