It appears the Pittsburgh Steelers are losing another member of their offense this offseason. After spending the past few seasons in the Steel City, Jesse James is now heading to the Motor City.
James was overshadowed this past season by Vance McDonald for the Steelers. Yet, his size is ideal for any team searching for red-zone assistance.
Clearly the Detroit Lions were in the market for more pass-catching options, as they reached an agreement with the talented tight end. According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $25 million over four years for the former Penn State standout.
Last season, James had 3o receptions for 423 yards and two touchdowns. It’s very possible his production improves with more targets in Detroit.
The #Lions are giving TE Jesse James a 4-year deal worth $25M, source said. He gets $11M fully guaranteed. Big payday for the former Steeler.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019
Detroit has been arguably the most active team the past two days, signing marquee names like Trey Flowers and Justin Coleman.
Although this offseason features a loaded market for many positions, the NFL doesn’t have many options at tight end. Regardless, James and his agency did an excellent job of breaking the bank before Jared Cook and others could.
The Lions also made an interesting move by signing Danny Amendola. He’ll immediate fill the void in the slot left behind by Golden Tate.
It’ll be interesting to see how Matthew Stafford utilizes James, who could have a breakout campaign in 2019.