Josh James is getting a second chance.
The former Carroll College All-American offensive tackle signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, completing a whirlwind trip that began and ended in his hometown of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
James (6-foot-5, 315 pounds) flew out to team headquarters on Thursday, then on Friday had a physical, followed by a workout and another physical. Happy with what they saw -- the Chiefs do want their newest addition to put on some weight before OTAs -- the organization signed James.
He had previously signed with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted free agent following his senior season in 2015. Also showing interest were Seattle and Atlanta. The Packers, though, released James in late August.
James was a four-year starter at Carroll, and was twice named an NAIA All-American.
The player was traveling back to Idaho on Friday night and unavailable for comment, but his agent, Derrick Fox, said the former Saint signed a futures contract.
Futures contracts are used by NFL teams to secure rights to players they believe will be able to make the roster in the upcoming season. They don’t take effect until the start of the upcoming league year, which runs from March 1 to Feb. 28.
The team wants James back for OTAs, but he plans to leave Idaho even sooner, Fox said, to work with former Kansas City great Will Shields. Recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Shields played his entire 14-year career with the Chiefs and was a 12-time Pro Bowl selection as an offensive guard. He retired following the 2006 season.
Much of their focus, Fox said, will be on James’ hands and feet.