Denver Broncos: Free agents with coaching connections

Sayre Bedinger
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23: Cornerback Bryce Callahan #37 and tight end Daniel Brown #85 of the Chicago Bears celebrate on the field during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chicago Bears won 16-14. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 23: Cornerback Bryce Callahan #37 and tight end Daniel Brown #85 of the Chicago Bears celebrate on the field during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on September 23, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chicago Bears won 16-14. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 16: Jesse James #81 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs upfield after a catch as J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots defends in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on December 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – DECEMBER 16: Jesse James #81 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs upfield after a catch as J.C. Jackson #27 of the New England Patriots defends in the first half during the game at Heinz Field on December 16, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

Jesse James, TE, Steelers

The addition of Jesse James at the tight end position would not be the sexiest, but it would keep the theme of Big Ten tight ends rolling in Denver.

James was the Pittsburgh Steelers’ most utilized tight end in the running game this past year, and is obviously going to have a lot of familiarity with Mike Munchak’s blocking concepts.

He also provides the occasional threat as a receiver, though he’s not the most fleet of foot. Despite his lanky frame, James has elite leaping ability (37.5-inch vertical jump) and phenomenal upper body strength.

He set a career high with 14.1 yards per reception this past season and has at least 30 receptions in each of the last three years.

Combined with the likes of Jake Butt and Troy Fumagalli (assuming James’ addition would mean no return for Jeff Heuerman), James could be a solid addition for the Broncos.

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