The Miami Dolphins apparently think the Denver Broncos’ investment in free agent right tackle Ja’Wuan James is laughable.
The Miami Dolphins are reportedly having some fun at the Denver Broncos’ expense after the Broncos signed right tackle Ja’Wuan James to a four-year, $51 million contract.
The Broncos had to pay above market value for Ja’Wuan James because that’s the name of the game in free agency. Not every player is going to sign with a team for a bargain deal, especially a player who is good at his job (like James) and who is also young (he’s 26 going on 27).
James got $12.75 million AAV (average annual value) from the Broncos on his new contract, and apparently, the Dolphins think that’s pretty hilarious.
Keep in mind, this is a team that hasn’t been relevant since 2000 (the last time they won a playoff game) and has as many playoff appearances in the last decade as the Broncos have Super Bowl appearances in that same timeframe.
The Dolphins can laugh at the Broncos all they want for signing James, but the fact that there’s apparently someone on the ‘inside’ at the Dolphins facility who is spreading these rumors about their former starting right tackle is pathetic.
The Broncos hired Chris Kuper this offseason as an assistant offensive line coach. Do you think the team didn’t take Kuper’s opinion of James seriously when considering signing him?
How about the opinion of new offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in football?
Do you think the Broncos kept Munchak and Kuper in the dark about their pursuit of James?
It’s more likely the Broncos got together with their new offensive line coaches and asked them to evaluate James as a candidate, and everyone came to the same conclusion that he was a good fit.
James may not be a Joe Thomas out there at the right tackle position, but he’s a good player and one of the top starting tackles in the league today.
Rather than take this anonymous Dolphins source seriously, why are people not connecting the dots in Denver? The Broncos’ front office undoubtedly consulted the coaching staff before making this move, and considering the guys they consulted, it’s more laughable that the Dolphins think this move is funny than anything else.