James Dearth
Dearth with the New York Jets.
Free Agent
Long snapper / Tight end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1976-01-22) January 22, 1976 (age 44)
Place of birth: Scurry, Texas
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
College: Tarleton State
NFL Draft: 1999 / Round: 6 / Pick: 191
Debuted in 1999 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
* Cleveland Browns ( 1999- 2000)
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Receptions     3
Receiving Yards     10
Touchdowns     1
Stats at

James Dearth (born January 22, 1976) is an American football long snapper / tight end who is currently a free agent. Dearth, who attended Tarleton State University, was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft.

He has also been a member of the New York Jets, Washington Redskins, San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots.

Early yearsEdit

Dearth attended Scurry-Rosser High School in Scurry, Texas and was a student and a letterman in football. In football, he was a starter at both, quarterback and middle linebacker, and was an All-State honoree at both positions.

Professional careerEdit

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Dearth was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round (191st overall) of the 1999 NFL Draft.

New York JetsEdit

In 2001 the Jets would sign the free agent Dearth as a tight end/long snapper.[1] In that same year he recorded a career high three receptions and a touchdown. Following the season, Dearth was relegated to long snapping duties and was a consistent part of the Jets' special teams unit until he became a free agent and was replaced by Tanner Purdum following the 2009 season.[1][2]

Washington RedskinsEdit

On August 14, 2010, Dearth would sign with the Washington Redskins.[3][4] Dearth was expected to compete with the "inconsistent" Nick Sundberg.[3] Despite Sundberg's inconsistencies he slowly progressed throughout training camp and eventually Dearth was waived on August 31, 2010 in favor of the improved Sundberg.[5][6]

San Diego ChargersEdit

The San Diego Chargers would sign Dearth on September 15, 2010 after a hamstring injury saw long snapper David Binn placed on injured reserve.[7] Two days later on September 17, 2010, Dearth suffered a foot injury during practice and would subsequently be placed on injured reserve before playing a game for the Chargers.[8][9]

New England PatriotsEdit

Dearth signed with the New England Patriots on August 29, 2011.[10] He was released on September 4.[11]


Dearth is married to his wife, Laurie, with whom he has three children, Kaitlyn, Kendall, and Kolton.[1] Dearth, a devout Christian, is known to be a "low-key and cordial" person.[1]

Dearth co-owns an Athletic Republic franchise in the Houston area with friend and former Jet running back Derrick Blaylock.[1] The facility opened in December 2009 aiming to help young athletes prepare for professional careers.[1]

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Waszak Jr., Dennis (June 4, 2010). "With no offers, former Jets LS James Dearth facing possibility that NFL career is over". Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  2. Cimini, Rich (February 5, 2010). "The end of the Dearth era?". New York Daily News. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press (August 14, 2010). "Report: Redskins sign James Dearth". Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  4. Castillo, Jorge (August 15, 2010). "Long snapper James Dearth joins Redskins". Redskins Insider. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  5. Fitzgerald, Gary (August 31, 2010). "Redskins Release Williams, Holmes, Dearth, Davis". Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  6. Svrluga, Barry (August 31, 2010). "Edwin Williams, James Dearth to be cut from roster". Redskins Insider. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  7. Georgatos, Dennis J. (September 15, 2010). "Chargers Lose Long Snapper David Binn for Season; Sign James Dearth". AOL FanHouse. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  8. Wilson, Aaron (September 17, 2010). "Chargers place long snapper James Dearth on IR, sign Ryan Neill". National Football Post. Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  9. Williamson, Bill (September 28, 2010). "Chargers lose another snapper". Retrieved October 3, 2010.
  10. "Patriots tap Jets pipeline with Dearth". August 29, 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  11. "Patriots Sign Former Chiefs Guard Brian Waters". September 4, 2011. Retrieved 20 January 2013.

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