Around The Web: Redd Suspended, Harris Returns To Oakland, Curtis Lands In Philly

Yesterday, the Kansas City Chiefs waived LB Vince Redd.  The team needed to clear two roster spots for OL Ikechuku Ndukwe and Andy Alleman, acquired from the Miami Dolphins.  But it seems there could be a specific reason why Redd got the hook.

Redd has been suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for four games beginning with the first week of the 2009 regular season.  It’s not known why Redd was suspended.

Redd can still be claimed off waivers by another team or signed by another team if he passes through waivers unclaimed.  He can still participate in preseason activities (games or practices) and his suspension officially begins after teams set their final rosters on September 5.

Well, I guess that takes care of that.  It’s hard to believe the Chiefs didn’t know about the suspension when they decided to release Redd.  Scott Pioli knew Redd very well and jumped at the chance to bring him to Kansas City, so I can’t image he’d be one of the first cuts unless they knew a suspension was coming.

Former Chiefs, Raiders and Vikings linebacker Napoleon Harris has returned to Oakland.NapoleonHarris

With Kirk Morrison and Isaiah Ekejiuba both down with injuries, the Raiders are suddenly stretched thin at inside linebacker.  You could tell Saturday night when Sam Williams, normally an outside backer, played much of the second half in the middle.

So the team released cornerback Ricky Manning and signed linebacker Napoleon Harris. Yes, the same Harris who started for the Raiders as a rookie in Super Bowl XXXVII, played four years in Oakland and then went to Minnesota as part of the Randy Moss trade in 2005.

Only four defensive players remain from Harris’ first stint with the Raiders, and the system has changed quite a bit from Rob Ryan’s first season here says Harris.

“It’s a lot different, but nevertheless it’s still football.  So my job is to come in and learn as quick as I can, get acclimated and, hopefully, be able to play some good football.”

If you’ll remember, back in 2007, Harris signed a six-year, $23.175 million contract with the Chiefs.  In his first season with the team he started 13 of 16 games and had 116 tackles.  But last season Harris couldn’t get healthy and the Chiefs released him.  If the Raiders are getting the 2007 version of Harris, then this move can be a big help to them.  But can you really count on a guy that has had 2 good seasons in his seven year career?

Another former Chief, TE Tony Curtis, has also found a new home.  According to reports, Curtis has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Curtis will compete with Matt Schoebel, Rob Myers and Eugene Bright for a spot on the roster and the backup TE job behind Brent Celek.

He is still nursing the ankle injury he suffered shortly before the Chiefs cut him.

I think we can all agree that the Eagles have much more talent on their roster than the Chiefs.  So if Curtis couldn’t catch on in Kansas City with a team that is in dire need of help at the tight position, something tells me he won’t stick in Philly.

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