According to Mike Garafolo, the Chicago Bears are signing TE Jesse James to a one-year deal. Jesse James, the former Steeler and Lion, spent the first four years of his career in Pittsburgh and the last two years in Detroit. This signing comes just hours after the news regarding the PUP list and one day after the Anthony Miller trade.
Jesse James has played all 16 games in every season except for his rookie season when he only played in eight games. Throughout his healthy consistency, he managed to snag nine touchdowns during his time in Pittsburgh and two in Detroit. Both of his touchdowns in Detroit came in 2020.
It’s safe to say that Jesse James will be competing for a roster spot among the plethora of tight ends the Bears already have. The Bears are signing TE Jesse James to provide more competition in the locker room. They potentially added another blocker if they intend on committing to the run-game. A Pittsburgh article from 2016 commended Jesse James on his blocking skills improving. The Chicago Bears have been hurt by poor offensive line play recently. Crucial blocking is very helpful if they are going to improve the run game.