Last year, the Bears’ attempts to unearth some usable tight ends resembled a circus at times. Lots of names. Plenty of movement from players coming and going from the roster. And, unfortunately, a punchline for many around the league because of the low-hanging fruit.
So, now, I get to chuckle about a late-in-the-game tight end addition without feeling like I’m scratching at some old wounds:
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 25, 2021
NFL Network insider Mike Garafolo reports the Bears are signing free agent tight end Jesse James. The 27-year-old has spent the last two years in Detroit after spending the first four years of his career in Pittsburgh. Considering how the Bears have played the Lions four times over the last two seasons, they should have a decent idea of what they’re getting in James. Isn’t familiarity cool?
James has 88 games (54 starts) under his belt. In that action, he has hauled in 150 catches and 11 touchdowns. However, it’s the one TD that didn’t count which many fans remember:
Three years ago today, we all became well-aware of who Al Riveron was and were all introduced to "surviving the ground" thanks to this pass to TE Jesse James against the Patriots that was initially thought to be a TD. #Steelers pic.twitter.com/NFEI5jp2Xf
— Steelers Depot ✌️❤️✌️❤️ (@Steelersdepot) December 17, 2020
"There's not utter dysfunction… Jesse James' touchdown is given to them, they're playing Tennessee and they're hosting New England." — @ColinCowherd says the Steelers will be fine pic.twitter.com/6xD0MPLRaR
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 18, 2018
I am still convinced Bill Belichick used Dark Side powers only Sith Lords knew in order to overturn that call. Good luck convincing me otherwise. But I digress. The Bears have a new tight end. And adding another veteran right before camp never hurts.