The battle between Ja’Wuan James and the Broncos is simply starting.
James has formally filed a grievance in opposition to the crew after the offensive lineman was lower following a torn Achilles suffered whereas figuring out away from Denver’s camp. As a result of he was away from the ability when the harm occurred, the Broncos had been capable of designate it as a “non-football harm.”
So, by rule, the Broncos had been capable of lower James with out paying his $10 million wage for 2021.
Nevertheless, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, James is looking for $15 million within the grievance. Why? As a result of whereas he could have suffered the harm away from the ability, it occurred as a result of he was making ready for the 2021 season after sitting out the 2020 marketing campaign.
In his grievance, James is looking for his $10 million wage for the 2021 season and $5 million wage for the 2022 season, arguing that he was figuring out away from the ability underneath steering from the Broncos, a supply confirmed to ESPN. The NFL Gamers Affiliation isn’t concerned with James’ grievance, which was filed on his personal with legal professional Mark Geragos, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
Sadly for James, the foundations do not look like on his aspect, as has been outlined by NFL.com’s Nick Shook.
Accidents sustained whereas a participant is figuring out “on his personal” in a location aside from an NFL facility are thought of “Non-Soccer Accidents” and are outdoors the scope of a typical talent, harm and cap assure. Such accidents are additionally not lined by the protections present in paragraph 9 of the NFL Participant Contract, which means that golf equipment haven’t any contractual obligation to supply wage continuation through the 12 months by which the harm was sustained.
So, it looks as if it will likely be very tough for James to win this grievance. Nonetheless, it is price making an attempt as he appears to be like to get some type of compensation for his harm.
On the intense aspect for James, he did land with one other NFL crew. The Ravens signed him to a two-year deal price $9 million. As Schefter defined, the Ravens will successfully pay James $500,000 to rehab this season earlier than he competes for a sort out job in 2022.
Ja’Wuan James’ brokers, Invoice Johnson and Matt Pope, negotiated the two-year take care of the Ravens that features $500,000 in assured cash this 12 months, per supply. So the Ravens are paying him $500k to rehab this 12 months and to have him underneath contract north of $8 million subsequent 12 months. https://t.co/xXe4ESwqYm
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2021
James remains to be simply 29, so this can be a good buy-low transfer for the Ravens. It is going to give them one other future beginning sort out choice as they give the impression of being to exchange Orlando Brown Jr., who they traded to the Chiefs this offseason.
At present, 32-year-old Alejandro Villanueva is penciled in because the beginning proper sort out, however maybe James may push him or present insurance coverage for the veteran through the ’22 marketing campaign.