Ranking the 8 best free agents available for the Steelers

Morgan Moses #76 of the Washington Football Team. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
Morgan Moses #76 of the Washington Football Team. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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Jesse James #83 of the Detroit Lions. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images) /

Jesse James

Another former Steeler, Jesse James left the team two years ago on a sizable deal from the Lions. An early investment in T.J. Hockenson and minimal usage after that resulted in James getting released this season. While the Steelers invested in Pat Freiermuth in the second round of the draft, the third tight end spot is still a huge question mark that could be addressed with a player like James.

When you consider that rookie tight ends have some of the toughest transitions to the NFL, adding a capable veteran in James would do the team a lot of good. This way, Freiermuth can take the time he may need to develop as James can serve as the blocker or secondary receiving tight end if need be. Even if Freiermuth is pro-ready, injuries can always occur, so shoring up this group makes sense for this year.

The best part about James right now would be his price, as his contract likely wouldn’t be for much more than the minimum. He could come in, improve the depth chart immensely, and take some pressure off of Freiermuth if he isn’t ready to play as the top backup right away. While he may be looking for a better opportunity elsewhere, the Steelers could prove to be his best fit. As well, if an injury were to occur with any of the tight ends, James should be the first player brought in.