Derwin James is in Costa Mesa, California, with the remainder of his Los Angeles Chargers teammates, however he is but to take the observe area.
Bolts head coach Brandon Staley mentioned Wednesday that James isn’t training as a consequence of his contract scenario, however mentioned the crew’s two-time Professional Bowl security could be training absolutely as soon as a brand new deal was completed.
James underwent shoulder surgical procedure through the offseason, however Staley underscored that the defensive again was one hundred pc and could be a full-go as soon as the edges agreed upon a contract extension. The anchor of the backend of the Bolts’ protection, James is getting into the ultimate yr of his rookie contract, which presently has him on the books for $9.05 million in base wage.
James, 25, was chosen seventeenth total by the Chargers within the 2018 NFL Draft. Pittsburgh Steelers security Minkah Fitzpatrick, additionally 25, was picked six spots forward of James within the 2018 draft by the Miami Dolphins, and lately signed an extension to develop into the highest-paid security within the league at a median of $18.4 million per season.
James burst upon the NFL scene with an All-Professional and Professional Bowl rookie marketing campaign. Nonetheless, his profession was idled by accidents when he was restricted to only 5 whole video games over the 2019-2020 seasons.
He got here again final yr to show in a career-high 118 tackles together with three pressured fumbles, two interceptions and a pair of sacks to garner his second profession Professional Bowl nod.
Although he takes half in walk-throughs per Staley, James is a hold-in because the wait continues for the security and the Chargers to succeed in an settlement.