Detroit Lions reportedly sign former Steelers TE Jesse James

Lions to sign TE Jesse James

Lions to sign TE Jesse James

Tight end was an obvious position of need this offseason for the Lions. And the fact second-year tight end Michael Roberts failed to develop and played just eight games due to a shoulder injury only compounded the problem. Many speculated that move might be using their first-round selection (eighth overall) in the upcoming National Football League draft to grab Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson.

The Detroit Lions have reportedly signed former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

James played his first four seasons with the Steelers, making 120 catches for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns. At 6-7, 261-pounds, James will slide right into the Levine Toilolo/Darren Fells role, as a weekly blocking tight end who will give you a game or two a season where he breaks out as a receiver.

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The terms of James' deal with the Lions aren't yet known.

James, along with Coleman and Flowers, can't officially sign with the team until free agency begins on Wednesday.

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