Jesse James is latest cap casualty of Bob Quinn era


Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell are cleaning house.

With free agency looming, the Lions are reportedly cutting the fourth player from the previous regime: tight end Jesse James, according to Adam Schefter.

Detroit will save $2.1 million against the cap this year by doing so, while incurring a dead cap hit of $4.3 million. Those numbers will essentially flip in 2022.

James goes down as the worst signing of the Bob Quinn era. The Lions gave him a four-year, $22.8 million deal in 2019 after getting next to no production from their tight ends, and Jones went on to catch a total of 30 passes over the next two seasons.

Of course, shortly after investing in James, the Lions drafted T.J. Hockenson eighth overall.

Including the departure of Kenny Golladay via free agency, James is the second offensive player with whom the new regime is parting ways.

He joins starting corners Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman and starting linebacker Christian Jones on the list of players who have been released.

The Lions are also sending starting defensive end Romeo Okwara to free agency, making it six subtractions from last year's team -- and maybe more to come.