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Report: Lions Release TE Jesse James

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The Detroit Lions have reportedly released tight end Jesse James, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

James signed a four-year, $22.6 million contract with Detroit back in 2019.

While fairly compensated, James saw a limited role in the passing game over two years with the Lions. He caught just 30 passes for 271 yards and a pair of scores.

Following the retirement of Vance McDonald, Pittsburgh finds themselves in the market for a tight end with free agency set to begin in earnest next week. A reunion with James could be a cost effective options for the cap-strapped Steelers.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Penn State, James played the first four years of his career in Pittsburgh. He tallied 120 receptions for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns.

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