Demetrius Harris Signed by Browns After Odell Beckham Jr. Trade

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Kansas City Chiefs Demetrius Harris #84 scores a touchdown against the New England Patriots during an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)
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The Cleveland Browns announced Thursday they had come to terms with free-agent tight end Demetrius Harris.

ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the two sides agreed to a two-year contract on Wednesday. Schefter added the deal was worth $6 million.

Harris is the latest addition to Cleveland's potent offense after it agreed to acquire wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. from the New York Giants on Tuesday for safety Jabrill Peppers, the No. 17 pick in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft and the No. 95 overall pick in the third round of this April's draft.

Harris spent his first five NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs as a backup to Travis Kelce.

After playing college basketball at Milwaukee, Harris signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2013. He spent 2013 and 2014 on the practice squad and injured reserve before cracking the roster in 2015.

The Arkansas native has modest numbers over the course of his career with just 57 receptions for 605 yards and six touchdowns in six seasons. He set a career high with 18 receptions for 224 yards in 2017 before finishing with 12 grabs for 164 yards and a career-best three touchdowns last season.

The 27-year-old has ideal size at 6'7" and 230 pounds, which should make him a solid complement to starting tight end David Njoku in Cleveland.

The first-rounder made strides during his second NFL season in 2018 with 56 receptions for 639 yards and four touchdowns. Njoku ranked second on the team in all three categories.

He will have much more competition for targets in 2019, with Beckham getting added to the mix alongside him and wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Cleveland also signed former Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt, but he will likely face a suspension after pushing and kicking a woman at a hotel.

Harris isn't likely to be talked about much in 2019 given the talent around him, but he adds needed depth at tight end and gives quarterback Baker Mayfield another big body to target in red-zone situations.

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