The Kansas City Chiefs are bringing back wide receiver Tajae Sharpe for 2021, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star noted that it’s a one-year deal.
#Chiefs are bringing back WR Tajae Sharpe, source says. Was on their practice squad at the tail end of last season.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 29, 2021
Sharpe, 26, first entered the league as a fifth-round pick made by the Tennessee Titans in the 2016 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound receiver spent the first four years of his career (2016-19) with the Titans, though he lost the 2017 season due to a stress fracture in his foot.
In three seasons on the field for Tennessee, Sharpe had 92 catches for 1,167 yards and eight touchdowns. A free agent after the Titans declined to bring him back in 2020, Sharpe latched on with the Minnesota Vikings, but he only saw 28 offensive snaps in four games active before being waived. The Chiefs added him to the practice squad last December, but he never made it to the main roster.
Our Matt Lane broke down Sharpe’s tape in a film review after he joined the Chiefs.
LANE: Sharpe has a quality set of skills that directly fill some weaknesses in the Chiefs’ wide receiver group. Outside of Sammy Watkins, Sharpe’s ability to run technical routes, excel as a red zone target and beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage are things the Chiefs have often lacked.
While I won’t go as far as to say Sharpe was brought in specifically because of these particular attributes, for the rest of 2020 (and into 2021), he’s worth monitoring. He does fit the general mold of an “X” wide receiver — where the Chiefs have been lacking depth.