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Harris released by Chiefs

Final cutdown day has come, and the Kansas City Chiefs have released tight end Demetrius Harris. The former Milwaukee Panthers basketball forward had signed with the Chiefs as a free agent right after April’s NFL Draft.

Harris still hopes to follow in the footsteps of former basketball players-turned-tight ends Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham, but his time on Kansas City’s active roster is over, at least for now.

This was expected, since Harris hasn’t played football since high school and the Chiefs are set at tight end. Along with Harris, Kansas City released fellow tight end Tony Moeaki, who had been the starter since Tony Gonzalez left for Atlanta. Moeaki suffered a shoulder fracture last Saturday.

Harris had played in the preseason opener against New Orleans and finale against Green Bay. He didn’t register a reception, and the few targets he had were overthrows. Kansas City decided to go with Anthony Fasano, Travis Kelce and Kevin Brock.

If he doesn’t catch on with another roster, Harris will likely remain with the Kansas City as a member of the practice squad. Members of the practice squad make a minimum of $6,000 per week and will automatically be paid three weeks even if they are cut before the three weeks are up. It is likely, as a developmental project with an extremely high upside, that Harris will be paid higher than that.

As for now, though, all Harris can do is wait to see if a team will come scoop him up.

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