agreed to terms on a three-year deal with James Casey, the 6-3, 240-pound
H-back type by way of the Houston Texans.
A seventh-round choice
of the Chicago White Sox, Casey once clocked a 95 mile per hour fastball. Control
wasn’t his forte.
Unable to escape the minors, Casey switched to football
and entered the NFL draft at age 25 after catching 111 passes in Rice’s spread
offense in 2008.
pick of the Texans, Casey caught a career-best 34 passes for 330 yards
(9.7 average) and three touchdowns last season in an offense built around
running back Arian Foster.
On paper Casey,
28, suits Chip Kelly’s spread offense. Casey is adept at running routes in
tight quarters and has carried the ball at fullback. In the Kelly offense route
running is the key to opening lanes for the quarterback.