Napoleon Harris To Visit KC

Numerous reports circulated late Thursday night that former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Napoleon Harris will make his first free-agent stop in Kansas City on Friday.

Two years ago, Harris was one of the best linebackers in the NFL. But when the Minnesota Vikings offered Randy Moss to the Oakland Raiders, they insisted that any trade include the young linebacker.

After two years in Minnesota, the talented 28-year-old will be heading to Kansas City for a free agent visit on Friday.

Harris was a star for the Raiders over the first three years of his NFL career, but he struggled his first year in Minnesota. After amassing 252 tackles in Oakland, his numbers have significantly diminished playing on a very bad Vikings defensive team,

In two seasons as a Viking, he's only managed 84 tackles, but he's been a solid defender against the pass. Last season he had three interceptions.

The Chiefs are looking for possible replacements for both Kawika Mitchell and Kendrell Bell, so it's clear why they're interested in Harris.

Kansas City was attempting to restructure Bell's contract last night. Mitchell has gathered serious interest from the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins.

As for Harris, his best playing days were in the AFC West. The Chiefs need more productive play from their linebackers, and Harris might be one of two linebackers who visit Kansas City in the coming days. Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards is expected to visit the Chiefs and Saints.

New Orleans appears to be the front runner for his services. They nearly traded for him last summer before Chargers general manager A.J. Smith changed the deal at the last moment.

Stay tuned to Warpaint Illustrated for more Kansas City Chiefs news as they embark on free agency.

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