Former Miami Dolphins draft picks who need to retire

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In 2014, the Miami Dolphins made Ja’Wuan James their first-round draft pick.

Taken 19th overall, James was a solid addition to the offensive line. He started all 16 games his rookie season but injuries limited him to only seven games in 2015. He returned in 2016 and again started all 16 games.

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James began a seasonal seesaw with injuries. He played only 8 games in 2015 but bounced back for 15 games the following year. Miami picked up his 5th year option in 2017 but when James was faced with a new contract following the 5th year, the Dolphins opted to let him hit the free agent market.

James signed a huge contract with the Denver Broncos but was injured after only three games in 2019. He missed the rest of the 2019 season. In 2020, James opted out for the year during COVID. In 2021, James claims he was asked to work out away from the Broncos facility. He tore his Achilles and was released by Denver. He filed a grievance over the voided $10 million guaranteed that Denver retracted due to him working out away from the team.

Despite his injury, the Ravens signed him to a two-year deal. He has yet to play for the Ravens and after all he has been through, it might be time to walk away from the NFL.