Harris officially inked a two-year contract with the Browns on Thursday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Harris is set to add depth to a high-powered offense that features Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt (suspension), Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku. The 27-year-old will slot in behind Njoku on the Browns' tight end depth chart, on the heels of catching 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games with the Chiefs in 2018.
Harris informed the Browns on Wednesday that he intends to sign a two-year contract, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports. Harris moves from one high-powered offense to another, joining Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt (suspension), Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry and David Njoku as part of an ever-growing collection of skill-position talent in Cleveland. The 27-year-old tight end appears to have settled for more money while maintaining a No. 2 role, as Njoku figures to top the depth chart for the foreseeable future. Harris isn't likely to offer much fantasy value in 2019 unless Njoku misses time with an injury.
Harris hauled in his lone target for a two-yard gain Sunday in the Chiefs' 37-31 overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. The Chiefs leaned heavily on two-tight end formations in the loss, with Harris (26 offensive snaps) actually outpacing No. 3 receiver Chris Conley (24) in terms of usage. Though teammate Travis Kelce remains one of the best at his position in the NFL, the 6-foot-7 Harris retains some level of utility in fantasy leagues that start two tight ends due to his typically high snap counts for a backup player. Harris proved to be a quality secondary piece in a prolific passing attack during the regular season, nabbing 12 passes for 164 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.
Harris recorded just 12 catches for 164 yards and three touchdowns on 25 targets during 2018. It's not a huge surprise that Harris didn't rack up much in terms of stats during 2018 given the team's numerous offensive weapons, but he did manage to haul in a career-high total of touchdown passes. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so there is no guarantee Harris' home games will come at Arrowhead Stadium next season.
Harris (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports. The illness prevented Harris from practicing in any capacity Thursday and Friday, but he apparently made enough progress over the last 24 hours to gain clearance to play. Harris will slot in behind Travis Kelce as the Chiefs' backup tight end, but coach Andy Reid's offensive scheme frequently features both players on the field. After hauling in three of his season-high six targets for 39 yards in the Week 13 win over the Raiders, Harris could see a similar level of involvement Sunday with Sammy Watkins (foot) and the newly acquired Kelvin Benjamin (coach's decision) both inactive.
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|2||09/17||@New York Jets||6||4.88|
|3||09/23||Los Angeles Rams||23||7.89|
|5||10/08||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
|8||10/27||@New England Patriots||18||7.37|
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