The Facts: The Lions have agreed to a deal with James, a source tells NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.
Diehards Line: The Lions have a serious need at this position and James can help as both a blocker and receiver. James has started 36 games for Pittsburgh, and while he hasn't had more than 43 catches in a season over his four-year career, his size and athleticism make him a threat. Beyond that, Pro Football Focus graded him at a 76.8 in pass protection for the 2018 season, which could help to explain why his receiving numbers were not so great. With Vance McDonald serving as the “receiving” tight end, James was often used as an extra offensive tackle, and he was outstanding in his role. Overall, PFF graded James as the league’s number 30 tight end, grading him at a 66.4, which was above-average for his position. And the Lions need that.