Ja’Wuan James files $ 15 million grievance against Broncos after injury, release
The battle between Ja’Wuan James and the Broncos has only just begun.
James officially filed a grievance against the team after the offensive lineman has been cut following an Achilles tear suffered while training away from the Denver camp. Because he was away from the facility when the injury occurred, the Broncos may have referred to it as a “non-football injury.”
So, by rule, the Broncos were able to remove James without paying his $ 10 million salary for 2021.
However, by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, James is asking for $ 15 million in the grievance. Why? Because while he may have suffered the injury away from the facility, it happened because he was preparing for the 2021 season after being absent from the 2020 campaign.
In his grievance, James asks for his salary of $ 10 million for the 2021 season and $ 5 million for the 2022 season, arguing that he worked away from the establishment under the direction of the Broncos, a source confirmed to ESPN. . The NFL Players Association is not involved in James’ grievance, which was filed alone with attorney Mark Geragos, a source confirmed to ESPN.
Unfortunately for James, the rules don’t seem to be on his side, as has been pointed out by Nick Shook of NFL.com.
Injuries sustained while a player practices “alone” in a location other than an NFL facility are considered “non-football related injuries” and do not fall under a typical guarantee of competence, injury. and ceiling. Such injuries are also not covered by the protections set out in paragraph 9 of the NFL player’s contract, meaning that clubs have no contractual obligation to maintain salary during the year in which the injury occurs. was suffered.
So it looks like it will be very difficult for James to win this grievance. Still, it’s worth a try as he seeks some sort of compensation for his injury.
On the plus side for James, he landed with another NFL team. The Ravens signed him to a two-year contract worth $ 9 million. As Schefter explained, the Ravens will effectively pay James $ 500,000 in rehab this season before he competes for a tackle position in 2022.
Ja’Wuan James’ agents Bill Johnson and Matt Pope negotiated the two-year deal with the Ravens that includes $ 500,000 in guaranteed cash this year, per source. So the Ravens are paying him $ 500,000 for drug rehab this year and to have him under contract north of $ 8 million next year. https://t.co/xXe4ESwqYm
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 7, 2021
James is still only 29, so that’s a pretty low blow for the Ravens. This will give them another future starting tackle option as they look to replace Orlando Brown Jr., who they traded to the Chiefs this offseason.
Currently, 32-year-old Alejandro Villanueva is the starting right tackle, but perhaps James could push him or provide insurance for the veteran in the 22 campaign.