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Report: Ravens sign OT Ja’Wuan James to a two-year deal

The Ravens take a flier for 2022 on a former first round pick with experience at right tackle.

BRONCOS VS COLTS Photo by Joe Amon/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

After not taking an offensive tackle in the 2021 NFL Draft and signing former Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl left tackle, Alejandro Villanueva, shortly after, the Baltimore Ravens are doubling down with another veteran free agent signing according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

The news of this deal broke soon after James reportedly filed a grievance against the Denver Broncos for his release with a non-football injury designation.

Since James suffered his injury last month, he will likely miss all of the 2021 season with the expectation that he will rehab with the Ravens this year and be ready in 2022. The 29-year old was originally a first-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2014 at No. 19 overall out of Tennessee. He only appeared in three games for the Broncos because of a knee injury in 2019 and opted out of the 2020 season.

He is an experienced and natural right tackle who has started 65 games and will compete with Villanueva next offseason for the starting spot opposite of Ronnie Stanley. It’s a bit of a surprising move from the Ravens but it’s also a low-risk-high-reward venture that could pay off if he fully recovers and returns to pre-injury form.