NFL Nittany Lions Free Agency Update: Jesse James, and Adrian Amos Find New Homes, Stefen Wisniewski Moving On

By Matthew Filipovits on March 12, 2019 at 12:15 pm
Nov 8, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Jesse James (81) celebrates after scoring a third quarter touchdown against the Carolina Panthers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 52-21. Mandatory Credit: Phillip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports
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With NFL free agency officially underway, a handful of Nittany Lions will be in new uniforms next season. Let's take a look at where some lettermen are heading.

Adrian amos to Green Bay

Former Bears safety Adrian Amos is heading to a divisional foe, the Green Bay Packers, where he will be one of the highest paid safeties in the game.

A fifth-round selection by the Bears in the 2015 Draft, Amos has blossomed into one of the NFL's best safeties. He was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team in his first season, and it seems like only a matter of time until he gets his first Pro Bowl nod. He finished the 2018 season with 73 tackles, two interceptions, and a team-high nine passes defended for the top scoring defense in the league.

A three-year starter in the defensive backfield at Penn State, Amos accumulated nearly 150 tackles and seven interceptions in his Nittany Lion career. His ability to play both safety and corner made him one of the program's best secondary prospects in years.

Jesse James Signs with the lions

Former Steelers tight end and McKeesport native Jesse James will join Amos in the NFC North, agreeing to a deal with the Detroit Lions for some big time money.

A fifth-round selection by the Steelers in 2015, James was looked at as the Steelers' tight end of the future after Heath Miller retired following the 2015 season. In four seasons in Pittsburgh, he caught 120 passes for 1,189 yards and nine touchdowns. Although he set a career high in receiving yards n 2018, he had his lowest number of catches and targets since his rookie season.

James spent three seasons in Happy Valley, two under Bill O'Brien and one under James Franklin. At 6'7, he became one of the conference's best red zone threats as a true freshman, hauling in five touchdowns that season. He finished his time in Happy Valley with 78 catches for 1,005 yards and 11 scores.

Wisniewski moving on from the eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles will not be picking up former Nittany Lion Stefen Wisniewski's option, making his a free agent.

Wisniewski joined the Eagles back in 2016, starting 24 games over his three season in Philly, including 11 starts during their 2017 Super Bowl run. He was drafted by the Raiders in 2011 following consecutive First-Team All-Big Ten selections in 2009 and 2010. He spent four seasons in Oakland and one season in Jacksonville prior to his stint with the Eagles.