The battle between Ja’Wuan James and the Broncos is simply starting.
James has formally filed a grievance towards the workforce after the offensive lineman was reduce following a torn Achilles suffered whereas understanding away from Denver’s camp. As a result of he was away from the power when the harm occurred, the Broncos had been in a position to designate it as a “non-football harm.”
So, by rule, the Broncos had been in a position to reduce 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 power, it occurred as a result of he was getting 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 understanding away from the power below steerage from the Broncos, a supply confirmed to ESPN. The NFL Gamers Affiliation shouldn’t be concerned with James’ grievance, which was filed on his personal with lawyer Mark Geragos, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
Sadly for James, the principles do not seem like on his facet, as has been outlined by NFL.com’s Nick Shook.
Accidents sustained whereas a participant is understanding “on his personal” in a location apart from an NFL facility are thought of “Non-Soccer Accidents” and are outdoors the scope of a typical ability, 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 don’t have any contractual obligation to offer wage continuation in the course of the yr by which the harm was sustained.
So, it looks like will probably 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 form of compensation for his harm.
On the brilliant facet for James, he did land with one other NFL workforce. 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 deal with job in 2022.
Ja’Wuan James’ brokers, Invoice Johnson and Matt Pope, negotiated the two-year cope with the Ravens that features $500,000 in assured cash this yr, per supply. So the Ravens are paying him $500k to rehab this yr and to have him below contract north of $8 million subsequent yr. https://t.co/xXe4ESwqYm
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2021
James continues to be simply 29, so it is a good buy-low transfer for the Ravens. It’ll give them one other future beginning deal with choice as they appear to exchange Orlando Brown Jr., who they traded to the Chiefs this offseason.
Presently, 32-year-old Alejandro Villanueva is penciled in because the beginning proper deal with, however maybe James may push him or present insurance coverage for the veteran in the course of the ’22 marketing campaign.