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Kansas City Chiefs: Time to cut ties with Demetrius Harris

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris (84) prior to the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs on December 3, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 03: Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris (84) prior to the National Football League game between the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs on December 3, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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Demetrius Harris has been suspended one game for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Is it time for the Kansas City Chiefs to say goodbye?

Back in March, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris was sentenced to two days in jail and a $500 fine after pleading guilty to one count of marijuana possession and one count of unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. On Tuesday, the NFL suspended him for the first game of 2018.

Is this where the Kansas City Chiefs say farewell? This writer thinks so. No, I’m not under the impression that marijuana is a big deal. The suggestion to cut Demetrius Harris is not about the crime he committed, but that he committed a crime.

Imagine having one of the few jobs every sports-loving man wishes for and dreams about. To have this job, like most other places of business, you have to follow the rules and policies. One would think that you would do everything you could during your career to make sure you kept your job.

Demetrius Harris doesn’t deserve to be treated like a Rae Carruth or a Ray Rice here. He should be reprimanded for his lack of responsibility, however. It’s one thing for a star to make a mistake, where it hurts the Demetrius Harris’ of the world is their talent level.

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Harris doesn’t have the numbers to be making mistakes off the field, he has made too many on the field. According to pro-football-reference.com, Harris has 45 catches for 441 yards and three touchdowns. Those numbers don’t necessarily spell job security in themselves.

The alarming statistic that jumps right off the page at you is his catch percentage the last two seasons. His catch percentage is near 50% over the last two seasons. After being targeted 35 times in 2017, he only caught 18. In 2016 he caught 17 of 31 targets.

That’s a horrible percentage. To only catch half of the passes thrown your way means there is something you are not doing correctly.

Going into the offseason, it would have probably been best for him to stay as quiet as can be, staying under the radar everywhere but on the field. The Chiefs are basically starting over with new personnel and schemes. There is a whole different vibe with Kansas City like they have been modernized.

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Harris was a candidate to not make the cut before this suspension. If he were to get a second chance, Kansas City would be the place he gets it with the ever forgiving Andy Reid.