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Lions release former Steelers tight end Jesse James

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After two seasons in the Motor City, Jesse James' time as a Lion has come to an end. Adam Schefter of ESPN announced on Thursday night that James has been released by the Lions.

James had a $6.4 million cap hit with the Lions and the move saves Detroit over $2.1 million in cap space this season and erases an almost $7.2 million cap hit in 2022, according to

James signed a four-year, $22 million contract in 2019 with the Lions and never played to the standard that they expected with the kind of money they dished out. James had just 30 receptions for 271 yards (9.0 average) and two touchdowns in his two seasons in Detroit.

James had 120 receptions for 1,189 yards (9.9 average) and nine touchdowns in his four seasons with the Steelers.

The Steelers are currently $6 million under the salary cap and with James only being 26 and the Steelers in need of another tight end, it wouldn't be surprising if James came back to his hometown of Pittsburgh on a cheap deal.

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