Broncos starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James has opted out of this season, the team announced Monday morning.
James, who started only three games (and finished none of them, playing only 63 snaps) last year because of knee issues, becomes the second Broncos player to opt out of the season, joining reserve defensive lineman Kyle Peko.
Peko, though, was a long-shot to make the team. James was being counted on to solidify the right tackle spot, which has featured 10 different starters since the start of 2016.
James’ contract will toll until next year, creating $13 million in salary cap this year for the Broncos. He signed a four-year, $51 million contract in March 2019.
Minus James, the Broncos could turn to Elijah Wilkinson, who was slated to compete with Garett Bolles for the left tackle spot.
Wilkinson is currently on the physically unable to perform list because of offseason ankle surgery and is expected to be available in mid-August.