Top free agent tight ends

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Player Tm Ht Wt Age

Jared Cook OAK 6-5 254 Demetrius Har­ris KC 6-5 230 Jesse James PIT 6-7 261 Tyler Eifert CIN 6-6 255 A. Se­fe­rian-Jenk­ins JAX 6-5 262 31 27 24 28 26

ex­pect­ing a raise.

Pitts­burgh free agent Jesse James is the next best all-around tight end on the mar­ket.

James, who turns 25 in June, was a fifth-round pick of the Steel­ers in 2015. He caught 39 passes in 2016, 43 in 2017 and 30 last sea­son (for an im­pres­sive 14.1-yard av­er­age). Pitts­burgh’s ac­qui­si­tion of Vance McDon­ald, who emerged into an im­pact starter, pushed James to a No. 2 role. But James is a huge tar­get, at 6-foot7, 261 pounds, and he’s an ef­fec­tive blocker in the run game and in pass pro­tec­tion.

James could al­low the Bills to draft more of a re­ceiv­ing tight end and let that player com­pete with de­vel­op­ing in­cum­bent Ja­son Croom.

An­other player in the “take-a-flier” cat­e­gory is Jack­sonville’s Austin Se­far­ian-Jenk­ins.

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