Derwin James of the Chargers will not train until he receives a new contract

Charging device reopened for work on Wednesday in Costa Mesa, although security Derwin James Jr. served for business reasons.

2021 pro bowler will not train during training camp until his contract is resolved, coach Brandon Staley said.

James was on the pitch with his teammates but did not participate in practice.

It is eligible for an extension and Staley expressed his hope that a deal will be done soon.

“I think there is total respect on both sides,” Staley said. “They know how much we love Derwin. Derwin knows how much we love him. We’re just working through this process right now. We’ll let it take shape. When that happens, he will be there.”

A first-round pick in 2018, James is set to earn just over $9 million in his fifth year of his rookie contract.

Just one day at camp and there’s no reason to suspect that James and the Chargers won’t come to an agreement. Until that happens, however, there will be uncertainty around the team.

The security renewals market was reset in mid-June when Pittsburgh agreed to a deal with Minka Fitzpatrick that added four years and up to $73.6 million — with $36 million guaranteed — to its rookie deal.

The $18.4 million average annual income is the highest in NFL history for the position, eclipsing Seattle’s Jamal Adams’ $17.5 million.

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

A potential issue in negotiations with James could be how the Chargers use the all-round guard. James lines up across the field, extending his reach beyond traditional safety.

James also calls signals in the crowd, one of the few NFL quarterbacks to do so.

Because he plays such an important role, James and his representatives may be seeking compensation that reflects his status as more than just a typical standout defender.

The only blow at the beginning of James’ career is related to health. BUT foot injury limited it to five games in 2019 and knee injury cost him all of 2020. He suffered setbacks in consecutive August.

James had left shoulder surgery after the 2021 season, but was able to stay on the field and produce despite an injury early in the campaign.

He was limited in the off-season while in rehab, but Staley said James should be fully prepared for health as soon as his contract situation clears up.

James made 118 tackles last season, finishing third in the league among defensemen. (Fitzpatrick was first with 124.) He was one of only five NFL players to have at least 100 tackles, multiple interceptions, a forced fumble and a sack.

The extension for James will continue the Chargers’ recent trend of re-signing their biggest names.

In July 2020, they gave advantage to Joey Bose. five-year, $135 million deal this included $102 million in guaranteed wages.

Six weeks later, the Chargers and wide receiver Keenan Allen agreed to a deal. four year extension up to $80 million, of which $50 million was guaranteed.

In March of this year, they signed wide receiver Mike Williams. three year deal up to $60 million with $40 million in guarantees.

Eyes on the right tackle

The biggest positional battle at the entrance to the camp occurs with a proper capture, when Storm Norton and Trey Pipkins III share time with the first team players on the first day.

When asked what would ultimately separate the two, Staley replied, “Performance consistency, complete solution, game launch, game transfer.”

Norton, who joined the Chargers as a free agent in 2020, played 15 games in that position last season. The Chargers invested more time and resources in Pipkins, who was selected in the third round in 2019. He has played 10 games in the last three seasons.

Chargers coach Brandon Staley talks to tackles Storm Norton (74), Trey Pipkins III (79) and Rushon Slater (70).

Chargers coach Brandon Staley talks to forwards Storm Norton (74), Trey Pipkins III (79) and Rushon Slater (70). Norton and Pipkins compete for the starting spot.

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Staley suggested both would play in the preseason, which the Chargers do not expect from most of their starting players.

The rest of the offensive line is set, including rookie Zion Johnson at right-back. Staley said how well Norton or Pipkins fit into the group would also be part of the score.

“It’s not just them,” Staley said. “It’s how they play with the other four guys who are in their offensive line.”

Kenneth Murray is waiting

Staley did not give an exact time for the return of linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr., who underwent ankle surgery in April. He said he expected Murray to be available before the end of camp.

“I’m not going to give a timeline,” Staley said. “I just think that in the next four to six weeks he will be training.”

Practical Observations

  • Quarterback Justin Herbert looked solid, including clean finishes to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams in seven-on-seven practice.
  • corner defender JC Jackson made an immediate impact in his first practice, interrupting Herbert’s pass in an 11-on-11 opening game.
  • When James left, Alohi Gilman replaced him in the starting lineup.
  • Rookie Dean Leonard lost an assist against Jalen Guyton in an 11-on-11 second team.
  • The high point of the day was when linebacker Joe Gaziano blocked a pass from Easton Stick to secure an interception and recover the ball for a touchdown. Gaziano ended the moment with a massive spike.