Earlier today, the Houston Texans signed one of the top remaining offensive tackles on the market in right tackle Tyson Clabo, who was once a very good starter for the Atlanta Falcons. The 32-year-old struggled last year in his lone season with the Miami Dolphins, but he should bounce back and is clearly a better player than Derek Newton. FOX Sports 910’s Mike Jurecki reports that another notable veteran right tackle has put pen to paper with a new team today, as he tweets that the Kansas City Chiefs signed Ryan Harris, who also tweeted the news out himself.
Harris was a solid backup for the Texans, and they really should have started him over Newton last season. He hasn’t been a top offensive tackle for several years now after injuries stopped him from forming a dynamic offensive tackle duo with Ryan Clady on the Denver Broncos, but he’s still a serviceable backup and held his own last season when the Texans did play him.
While I don’t think Harris will start for the Chiefs next season, I think he should get a fair shot to start over current right tackle Donald Stephenson, because he has the ability to be an upgrade there. Harris, who worked out for the Miami Dolphins in late June, is still just 29, so he isn’t as old as Clabo. I think he’s a quality third tackle at worst, and he’s certainly a better backup than J’Marcus Webb.