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Unable to find a trade partner for Napoleon Harris, the Kansas City Chiefs have released the veteran linebacker, according to Adam Schefter of NFLN.
Originally selected by the Raiders in the first round of the 2002 draft, Harris was sent to the Vikings along with a first-round pick and a seventh-round pick for Randy Moss in early 2005.
Harris started three games for the Vikings in 2005 and 14 in 2006.  He joined the Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent in 2007, appearing in every game and starting 13.
He had yet to play in 2008.
Harris was under contract through 2012.  Because he was cut before the trade deadline, he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
And don’t be surprised if the Vikings come calling, given that E.J. Henderon is on IR and his replacement, David Herron, was injured on Sunday against the Lions.  In fact, our guess is that the Chiefs were hoping to get the Vikes to trade for Harris, and that the Vikings signed Dontarrius Thomas on Monday to make clear to K.C. that Minnesota wouldn’t give up anything to get Harris back.
Now that Harris is available, don’t be surprised if he returns to Minnesota.

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  1. purplejesus28 says: Oct 14, 2008 5:50 PM

    i was just getting ready to say that….ooops i fumbled a couple of dots

  2. JMorlan says: Oct 14, 2008 5:57 PM

    Harris was not around in the Chilly era so no chance it happens. dontarrious was a good option they should have done a week earlier.

  3. Ntrikit says: Oct 14, 2008 6:02 PM

    Can we trade Childress for Napo?

  4. jeff303 says: Oct 14, 2008 6:10 PM

    The good news for Harris is that he can now take off the red ski-mask that he had been using while robbing the Chiefs of his weekly paycheck.

  5. Mike Florio says: Oct 14, 2008 6:11 PM

    @JMorlan . . . .
    Actually, Harris was a key contributor in Year One of Chillyball.

  6. enfuego says: Oct 14, 2008 6:16 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the Titans make a play for Harris. He’s a good citizen and one of the few areas they are weaker at on defense is MLB…

  7. Joe_Blow says: Oct 14, 2008 6:29 PM

    Because, if you’re not a good linebacker for the Chiefs, you’ll certainly be able to contribute somewhere else..
    That being said, the Chiefs defense is retarded..

  8. vegas42 says: Oct 14, 2008 6:36 PM

    BRONCOS!!! Wouldn’t he be an upgrade over Nate “My helmet pops off so you know I am fierce” Webster?

  9. jeff303 says: Oct 14, 2008 6:37 PM

    What really baffles me is how the Chiefs could be doing this poorly.
    I mean, nothing screams CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL more than manning the two most important positions on the football team – QB and MLB – with the likes of Tyler Thigpen, Damon Huard, Brokie Croyle, Pat Thomas, Nap Harris, and Weston Dacus.
    Wow, Carl Peterson really is a profound failure at his job!

  10. Osterhouse says: Oct 14, 2008 6:47 PM

    Harris is a beastly looking guy and really wasnt half bad with the vikings I would def welcome him back

  11. Bob_Nelson says: Oct 14, 2008 6:55 PM

    The man the Vikings traded Randy Moss for might not be wanted now.

  12. JMorlan says: Oct 14, 2008 7:20 PM

    Huh, well I was mistaken Mike my apologies.

  13. batman says: Oct 14, 2008 7:34 PM

    Napoleon has been a solid starter in the league. he should bounce back. As a fan of defensive players, he did a great job in Minnesota and he had a hell of season last year with Chiefs. I mean the guy lead the team in tackles, he cant be that bad. From what i have been hearing, he and Gunther Cunningham had a falling out.

  14. journeyman says: Oct 14, 2008 8:48 PM

    Hey jeff303, Your right King Carl is a failure at his job. Hired 1989 and has not been to the superbowl. I was 3 the last time we got there in 1970. Has not won a playoff game since 1993, all this and not to mention the failed draft picks and paying big money to free agents who never turn out to be worth a dam. Theres alot of us here in KC wondering how the hell this guy keeps his job!

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