Cleveland Browns signing former Chiefs TE Demetrius Harris
The Browns signed Demetrius Harris to officially add another new target for quarterback Baker Mayfield. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns have signed the former Kansas City Chiefs tight end to a two-year deal.
Browns are giving former Chiefs’ TE Demetrius Harris a 2-year, $6 million deal that includes $3.25M guaranteed, per source. Harris a big red-zone target, where he will help Baker Mayfield.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2019
The two-year deal is worth a total of $6 million, with $3.25 million guaranteed. The 27-year-old Harris had spent all five years of his career with Kansas City. Last season he caught 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns.
Harris, a phenomenal run blocker, pairs well with Cleveland’s dynamic pass-catching tight end David Njoku. Harris spent years alongside Pro Bowler Travis Kelce, and now he moves to Cleveland where he’ll fill a similar role behind a similarly athletic tight end.
Cleveland GM John Dorsey knows the 6-foot-7 Harris well from his time in Kansas City. Dorsey signed the undrafted free agent to the practice squad in 2013 and watched Harris grow into a solid rotational player before taking the job in Cleveland.
The Browns organization looking to go from near-zero to hero with their acquisitions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Harris. After winning only one game in their previous two seasons, the Browns went 7-8-1 last year, thanks in large part to rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield threw for 3,725 yards, 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in a rookie season that he started by backing up Tyrod Taylor. He played in 14 games and started 13.
The Browns have wasted no time in surrounding Mayfield with talent. Harris and Beckham Jr. join an offense that already features Nick Chubb, Jarvis Landry, Njoku, Duke Johnson Jr. and depending on the league’s decision on a suspension, Kareem Hunt.
Cleveland will be led by first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens became the offensive coordinator after week 8 after the Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley. From then out, the Browns went 5-3, and Mayfield threw 14 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Kitchens was rewarded for Mayfield and the team’s success with the head coaching job.
He took over from interim coach and defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.