Hey, the Chiefs made a trade deadline move after all!
It wasn't a splashy trade for a wide receiver or even a trade at all, but rather Kansas City reunited with an old friend to bolster linebacker depth, poaching a two-time Super Bowl champion from the Raiders' practice squad in the process.
After Nick Bolton's trip to the Injured Reserve List combined with injuries to Willie Gay Jr. and Drue Tranquill in the Broncos game, the linebacking group got thin quickly. A move was necessary and Brett Veach pounced on the opportunity.
Chiefs Sign LB Darius Harris From Raiders' Practice Squad
Brett Veach is always one to find value. In the Chiefs' lone transaction of the day, the organization signed Darius Harris from the Raiders' practice squad, adding critical depth to a suddenly thin position.
Harris spent his first three seasons with the Chiefs after going undrafted from Middle Tennessee, winning two Super Bowls in the process. He served a pivotal role last season, appearing in all 17 regular season games in addition to the three playoff matchups.
Bringing an experienced player back to the system is a win as is, but Harris was legitimately productive for Kansas City in 2022. He accumulated 43 tackles with 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery, starting four games when Gay Jr. was suspended.
That's significant. It's unclear if Gay Jr. will miss time following a tailbone injury this Sunday, but Chiefs fans can rest easy knowing there's a capable replacement in the building now.
Brett Veach resisted the temptation to make a major move, preferring the familiar route of bringing back a dependable player with experience instead. That's a win to me.
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