Seven years after entering the league as a first-round pick of the Raiders, linebacker Napoleon Harris has returned to Oakland.
Per a league source, Harris signed a one-year deal with the team on Monday.
The seven-year veteran, who was regarded as a so-so performer early in his career, was traded to the Vikings along with a first-round pick and a seventh-round pick in early 2005 for receiver Randy Moss.
Harris became a full-time starter for the Vikings in 2006, and he became a solid contributor in that first year Minnesota used the Tampa Two defense.
After his rookie contract expired following the 2006 season, Harris joined the Chiefs as a free agent.
Kansas City cut Harris during the 2008 season, and he returned to Minnesota, where the Vikings were thin at the middle linebacker position after a season-ending foot injury suffered by E.J. Henderson. Harris appeared in ten games and started five for the Vikings.
The decision to sign Harris could be a sign that Kirk Morrison’s dislocated elbow is in worse condition than advertised.