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Potential Bills free agent target will be allowed to test the open market

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ GM will let the tight end explore his options when the league year starts

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Last week, Tony Pauline of draftanalyst.com reported that the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars would be “very” interested in tight end Jesse James in free agency. Wednesday, Pittsburgh Steelers’ general manager Kevin Colbert told the media at the NFL Combine that James is going to be allowed to test his free-agent market. James entered the NFL as a fifth-round pick and spent his first four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He’s coming off a year where he had his career high in receiving yards with 423. On top of that he had 30 receptions and two touchdowns. The numbers don't flash, but if those numbers were copied over to the Bills, he'd be the leader in each stat.

With Charles Clay being released earlier in the month, the Bills are inexperienced at the position with only Jason Croom and restricted free agent option Logan Thomas.

The Bills are desperate for a starting-caliber tight end in both the run and pass game. James is just on the cusp of that but is an upgrade over what the Bills have now. James wouldn't break the bank for the Bills and they have plenty of cap space to hand out.