Former K.C. Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris has found a new home for the 2021 season, at least for a shot in training camp, with the Arizona Cardinals. The word came via his agent on Twitter.
Harris took a free agent visit last week with the Cardinals in hopes of such a signing, although it’s been several days, which is usually indicative that nothing would happen. Instead, the Cardinals have decided to bring in the veteran tight end for a chance to compete with another former Chiefs player in Ross Travis for a roster spot.
The Cardinals position group overall is a bit mixed. It’s not a major target-generating position in Kliff Kingsbury’s offense—compared to what Travis Kelce gets with the Chiefs, at least. Dan Arnold had 45 total targets at the position last season which led all tight ends on the team, and he fled for the Carolina Panthers in free agency. That leaves the likes of Maxx Williams and Darrell Daniels atop the depth chart to go with Travis and other fringe roster players.
It’s unlikely that Harris is able to make the sort of impact to climb the depth chart too much given that it’s already mid-August, but the Cardinals see something in him and there’s not exactly an incredible amount of competition at the position. Someone is going to emerge and Harris could have a real shot at latching on for the regular season.
Harris first signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent back in Andy Reid’s first season with the team in 2013. He stuck on the roster for the next five seasons, rising to the team’s No. 2 TE behind Kelce for multiple seasons before being allowed to leave in free agency for the Cleveland Browns.
Harris has 79 catches for 799 yards and 9 touchdowns in 7 NFL seasons, five with the Chiefs. He’s also played for the Browns and Chicago Bears.