Kansas City Chiefs backup tight end Demetrius Harris was arrested the other night on charges of marijuana and paraphernalia possession.
Demetrius Harris got a new contract from the Kansas City Chiefs last season, to the surprise of many. That would normally indicate a level of job security for an NFL player’s future. However, that may be in jeopardy for Harris now after he was arrested Tuesday night on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
The backup tight end has progressed on the field as a player. However, he certainly hasn’t progressed to the point where he could be considered “safe” on the roster. There had already been some rumblings from the fan base about the Chiefs needing to target a tight end in the draft. If we are adding “off the field issues” to the file on Harris, that may pick up steam.
On the other hand, as the backup tight end, Demetrius Harris is not vital to the success of the offense. The NFL typically hands out just a one-game suspension for marijuana charges. Would the Chiefs move on from Harris over one game? I do find that kind of hard to believe. So unless there are some aggravating factors to the incident, don’t expect this to have much of an effect.
Ultimately, this isn’t a big deal. There is a bit of a movement from former NFL players about the league’s policy towards marijuana. So Demetrius Harris may get some added spotlight for that. However, there really isn’t much to this story. Harris got arrested, he’ll likely be suspended, and then he will be back. It’s pretty cut and dry for now.
The Kansas City Chiefs may choose to draft a tight end this year, but I don’t think it will have anything to do with this incident. If the Chiefs want to replace Demetrius Harris, it will be because he hasn’t developed enough. However, given that he did get a new contract last year, I think he’s safe.