Aug 14, 2019; Costa Mesa, CA, USA: Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James (33) during training camp at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers pick up fifth-year option on S Derwin James

The Los Angeles Chargers announced Friday that they exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of safety Derwin James.

James, 24, will receive $9.052 million in 2022 in the final season of his rookie deal.

James missed the entire 2020 season after right knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He also was limited to just five games in 2019 due to a broken right foot.

The Florida State product was splendid after being selected with the 17th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

James recorded 105 total tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions in 16 games that season. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors and was the first rookie in franchise history to eclipse 100 tackles.

Overall, he has 139 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three interceptions in 21 games (all starts).

–Field Level Media

Dec 1, 2019; Jacksonville, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson (69) blocks Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Josh Allen (41) as Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (left) throws a pass during the second half at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Broncos expected to sign OT Dotson

A week after starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James opted out of the season, the Denver Broncos are expected to sign veteran right tackle Demar Dotson, 9News Denver reported Saturday evening.

Per the report, a deal is not final, but parameters are “in place,” and Dotson is expected to sign this week after passing COVID-19 testing and a physical.

Multiple outlets reported earlier Saturday that Dotson was visiting the Broncos.

Dotson, 34, became a free agent in March after his three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers expired. He started 15 games at right tackle in each of the last two seasons and 106 of 130 appearances across 11 years with the Bucs.

James’ opt-out left the Broncos with Elijah Wilkinson — who started 12 games in place of an injured James in 2019 — as the likely starter at right tackle. The team had hoped to have Wilkinson challenge incumbent Garett Bolles at left tackle.

–Field Level Media