Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James awaits jerseys extensionBy nflonline • Aug 7th, 2022 • Category: nfl jerseys news
Los Angeles Lightning safety Derwin James is not participating in training camp with his teammates. Lightning head coach Brandon Staley said on Wednesday that James was not at practice for the time being because of his jerseys contract, but will return to the field as soon as the contract issue is resolved.
James had offseason surgery on his shoulder, but Staley believes he’s back to 100 percent and the two-time Pro Bowl safety can return to full strength as soon as the two sides agree on a contract extension. James, the anchor of the Lightning’s defensive backfield, is currently in the final year of his rookie contract with a base salary of $9.05 million.
Now 25 years old, James was selected 17th overall by the Lightning in the 2018 season draft. Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick, who was selected six picks ahead of James in the same draft, recently completed a jerseys extension with the team and at $18.4 million per year is the highest salary for a safety in the league.
James shocked the league with his rookie season, being named to the Best XI and Pro Bowl. But he played in only five games the next two seasons due to injuries. He came back strong last season with a career-high 118 tackles in a single season, along with three made drops, two sacks and two tackles for loss. That kind of performance got him to the Pro Bowl for the 2nd time.
Although Play Staley said James will participate in play-by-play drills, he is in a wait-and-see mode until the two sides agree on a contract extension.