Chiefs sign developmental tight end to practice squad

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Just like with Demetrius Harris, Kansas City wants to see if a former college hoops player can transition to the NFL.

On Monday, former Baylor basketball player Mark Vital Jr. announced on social media that he has signed a contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Glad to announce I am now part of the @Chiefs !! ❤️ Never Give Up When There Is Adversity. #cheifs pic.twitter.com/dBNDVvawRy

— Mark Vital Jr. (@MarkVitalJr) September 13, 2021

Yes… former Baylor basketball player. The 6-foot-5, 250 pound Vital is transitioning to becoming an NFL tight end. Just after final cutdown day, he spent a week on the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad. Now a week later, Kansas City has taken him on for their practice squad.

The Chiefs are already at their full 16-man complement of practice-squad players, so we should soon expect a corresponding move.

The team already has four tight ends on the active roster: Travis Kelce, Blake Bell, Noah Gray and Jody Fortson. So this shouldn’t be seen as anything but an opportunity to see if there’s a chance that Vital can be developed into a tight end — just as the Chiefs did with Demetrius Harris, who had only played basketball at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before the Chiefs signed him in 2013.

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