The Miami Dolphins picked up the fifth-year option on right tackle Ja'Wuan James on Monday.
James will earn approxiametly $8 million in 2018 and all of that money is guaranteed. The 24-year old was drafted out of Tennessee in 2014, with some decent expectations at the time. Miami used a first-round pick to bring James on board in that year's draft.
In his three NFL seasons thus far, James has made an impact at times. The tackle has recovered a fumble in each of the three seasons and also has one career tackle. While James' work may not show up in the stat sheets, his presence is noticeable on the offensive line.
Miami ended a long playoff drought last season, which was due in part to improved production from the offensive line. James and his teammates on the line gave quarterback Ryan Tannehill time to succeed. Tannehill was only sacked 29 times in 2016, after hitting the ground nearly 50 times in each of the prior two seasons.
Along with James, the Dolphins will look forward to the potential return of Mike Pouncey. The center is working his way back from a hip injury and is expected to be ready for the start of the season.
The Dolphins have had a busy week, with the NFL draft recently coming to an end. While Miami addressed some roster needs during the draft, the team still has more to do this off-season.