The Chiefs finally signed third-round pick KeiVarae Russell on Friday, according to the NFL’s transaction wire, which means the team now has all nine of its 2016 draft picks under contract.
Though he has not had a contract, Russell has not missed any of the Chiefs’ offseason practices. He participated in all three rookie camp practices and all six voluntary full-team practices that have been held. Practices continue next week.
Russell, one of three cornerbacks the Chiefs selected in this year’s draft, has been working as a reserve corner in practice behind Steven Nelson, Marcus Peters and Marcus Cooper, the latter of whom has also gotten some work at safety.
Harris expected next week
Cornerback Vernon Harris, an undrafted free agent from Dartmouth, was not present for the Chiefs’ first six practices because his school is on the quarters system, and the NFL prohibits players from practicing with their new teams until their respective college’s academic calendar is complete.
Dartmouth’s graduation isn’t until June 12, but he will be allow to practice with the team after final exams, which will be concluded early next week. That means he should be able to practice with the team sometime next week, when the Chiefs hold four voluntary practices Tuesday through Friday.