Report: Browns signing tight end Demetrius Harris to 2-year deal
Baker Mayfield’s chest of weapons continues to grow. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Browns have signed former Kansas City Chiefs tight end, Demetrius Harris to a two-year deal.
Former Chiefs’ TE Demetrius Harris intends to sign a two-year deal with the Cleveland Browns, per source. Browns adding yet another weapon for QB Baker Mayfield.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2019
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.
However, Harris is also a phenomenal run blocker, he 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.
The Browns are looking to go from near-zero to hero with their acquisitions of Odell Beckham Jr. and Harris. After winning one game in their previous two seasons, the Browns went 7-8-1 last year, thanks 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 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.