Top free agent tight ends
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.