Perhaps the Charlotte-to-Buffalo pipeline could run back the other way, too.
Harkey, a former tight end, cracked into the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent for the then-St. Louis Rams. The Chino Hills, Calif. native and UCLA product ended up playing five seasons in the league, recording 27 receptions for 215 yards and three touchdowns.
His coaching career began in 2019, as a tight ends coach at Azusa Pacific University. He also went on to Tennessee State University in 2021 for the same role.
The NFL came calling back last season, when Harkey was hired as the Bills’ assistant special teams coach.