The Denver Broncos haven’t had much luck at the quarterback position in recent years. After making their move to change that by trading for Joe Flacco, Denver has put some money behind the offensive line that keeps him safe and signed tackle JaWaun James to a 4-year, $51 million deal. The contract includes $32 million guaranteed.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report on the signing before it became official via Twitter.
Former Dolpins’ OT JaWuan James intends to sign a four-year, $52 million deal that includes $32 million guaranteed with the Denver Broncos, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2019
SportsTrust Advisers tweeted out the details of James contract on twitter soon thereafter.
— SportsTrust Advisors (@_SportsTrust) March 12, 2019
The Denver Broncos announced the signing when it became official after the beginning of the league new year.
Official: We’ve agreed to terms with OT Ja’Wuan James.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) March 13, 2019
After a disappointing 6-10 season, the Denver Broncos decided to make wholesale changes to their team. The first ax to drop was the firing of second-year head coach Vance Joseph. After hiring Vic Fangio to replace Joseph, the Broncos traded quarterback Case Keenum to the Washington Redskins.
The Broncos hope that the additions of Joe Flacco and Ja’Waun James will improve the offense enough to keep pace with their defense. While not being as good as they were when leading the team to the championship, Denver’s defense was still in the top half of the league in points scored against. All these changes may still not be enough to make Denver a playoff team in a division that in includes the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and an improving Oakland Raiders team that just traded for all-pro receiver Antonio Brown.