Chiefs release linebacker Harris, who hasn't played all season

The Chiefs, who didn't traded tight end Tony Gonzalez at the trade deadline, did part ways with linebacker Napoleon Harris, who signed a six-year, $23.175 million contract in 2007 to help the linebacking corps.

His release shouldn't have been a surprise. Harris has not been active for a game in 2008. Last year, he started 13 of 16 games and had 116 tackles. A former first-round choice of the Oakland Raiders in 2002, Harris played three seasons with the Raiders before being traded to the Vikings in 2005 as part of the Randy Moss deal. He left the Vikings after two seasons to join the Chiefs.

Harris, 29, is 6-foot-3, 253 pounds.

John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com.