Kansas City Chiefs sign receiver Mark Harrison

06/20/2014 11:53 AM

06/20/2014 4:37 PM

The Chiefs signed former Rutgers standout Mark Harrison to a contract on Friday.

Harrison was one of four tryout players who were invited to practice with the Chiefs during their three-day mandatory minicamp this week. On Tuesday, he used his 6-foot-3, 230-pound frame and 38 1/2-inch vertical jump to make a contested deep catch down the sideline over another rookie tryout player, cornerback Quinton Byrd.

Harrison, a second-year pro, opened some eyes at last year’s combine when he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.46 seconds, bench-pressed 225 pounds 17 times and was also one of his position’s top performers in the vertical jump and broad jump.

Harrison, however, broke his left foot while preparing for Rutgers’ a month later and went undrafted. He tried to sign with Chicago as an undrafted free agent but failed his physical, though he eventually landed with New England shortly thereafter.

He was limited in training camp and placed on the reserve/non-football illness list last August while recovering from the injury. He participated in the Patriots’ organized team activities but this year was released June 4.

Harrison, 23, caught 44 passes for 583 yards and six touchdowns as a senior at Rutgers. His addition brings the team’s current roster number to 89, which is one under the minimum.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @TerezPaylor.

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