The Cleveland Browns will reportedly sign away Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris to a two-year deal when free agency begins.
The Demetrius Harris era is over in Kansas City. The former Chiefs tight end will reportedly sign a two-year deal to join former general manager John Dorsey and the exciting young roster that he’s building with the Cleveland Browns.
Harris, who will turn 28-years-old before the regular season begins, came into the league as a former college basketball player at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dorsey signed him as an undrafted free agent in the spring of 2013 and he spent the year on the team’s practice squad.
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From there, Harris became a nice success story as an undrafted player as he secured the team’s No. 2 tight end position for several years behind perennial Pro Bowler Travis Kelce. Over the last five years, he played in 71 total games and caught 57 passes for 605 yards and 6 touchdowns. Just last season, he caught only 12 passes but 3 of those went in the end zone.
The downside to Harris is his penchant for drops, and it’s a problem that’s plagued him for some time. Just last year, those 12 catches came on a whopping 25 targets, good for a career-worst catch rate of 48% despite already being known for key drops. In fact, his catch rate has dropped significantly each of the last four seasons, so it will be interesting if a change of scenery can straighten that issue.
That said, Harris is a willing blocker who can go up and make the nice catch and has impressive size at 6’7, 230 lbs. Dorsey has clearly always been enamored with his potential and now he will sit behind prospect David Njoku on the Browns offensive depth chart.
As for the Chiefs, expect them to make a move for another tight end or two to join the team before training given that only Deon Yelder and David Wells are on the active roster after Kelce at this point.