Chargers’ Derwin James won’t practice until he gets new deal

Chargers Pro Bowl safety Derwin James Jr. will not practice until his contract situation is resolved, coach Brandon Staley said Wednesday.

When the team opened training camp in Costa Mesa, James was on the field with his teammates but did not participate in practices.

James is eligible for an extension and Staley said he was optimistic a deal would be struck soon.

James, who was selected in the first round in 2018, will make just over $9 million in the fifth year of his rookie contract.

The collateral renewal market reset in mid-June when Pittsburgh agreed a deal with Minkah Fitzpatrick that extended his rookie contract by four years and up to $73.6 million — with $36 million guaranteed .

The annual average of $18.4 million is the highest in NFL history at that position, surpassing Seattle’s Jamal Adams’ $17.5 million mark.

In 2018, Miami selected Fitzpatrick 11th overall, six spots before the Chargers selected James. The Dolphins traded Fitzpatrick to the Steelers in September 2019.

James is also coming back from offseason surgery on his left shoulder. Staley said the safety should be a full-fledged exercise participant once his contract issue is resolved. Chargers’ Derwin James won’t practice until he gets new deal

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