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Lions notes: Jesse James named Detroit Lions’ most overpaid player

Bleacher Report names the tight end the team’s worst value.

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The Detroit Lions went on a spending spree last spring when NFL free agency opened for the 2019 season. They landed both Trey Flowers and Justin Coleman on huge deals, helping bolster their defense. One equally important signing that may have not made the same splash in the headlines was the acquisition of former Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James on a four-year deal worth $22 million.

While the deal may not have broke the bank, the $22 million does seem steep for a player who has not produced much in their career so far.

Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox agrees, as he mentioned James as Detroit’s most overpaid player when he listed what he believes to be the most overpaid player on each NFL roster on Tuesday.

James is set to start the season backing up Lions first-round selection T.J. Hockenson, though it is possible he sees the field a lot in two tight end sets in the upcoming year.

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