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NFL Free Agency 2013: Chiefs Meeting With Sherrod Martin Today


The Kansas City Chiefs are working the secondary free agent market this week. According to Aaron Wilson, KC will meet with veteran safety and former Carolina Panther, Sherrod Martin.

From Wilson:

Veteran free agent safety Sherrod Martin is visiting the Kansas City Chiefs today and Friday according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.

Martin, 28, is a former Carolina Panthers second-round draft pick from Troy who ended last season on injured reserve with torn right anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments that limited him to a dozen games.

He was selected 59th overall in the 2009 NFL draft.

In four seasons with the Panthers, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder has 199 career tackles, 20 pass deflections, seven interceptions and one forced fumble.

According to Pro Football Focus, Martin played in only nine contests last season. He logged 279 snaps and was graded a -0.5 by Pro Football Focus, which is just slightly below average.

In 2011, Martin was a fulltime starter. He played every snap at free safety and recorded a grade of -3.8. He hd 53 tackles and 15 missed tackles. He also added three interceptions.

Martin also started in 2010, grading a +1.0 on the year.

Martin seems like a solid, if not spectacular, player. He has never graded great but has never graded terrible either.

By contrast, Kendrick Lewis was graded -7.9 last season in his roughly 500 snaps. In 2011, Lewis graded a +1.9 and in 2010 a +4.8.

I think both Lewis and Martin can be serviceable players for the Chiefs at FS. Both are still young as well so they may not have fully peaked.

The Chiefs would do well to ink Martin if they can. The move would greatly solidify their depth at FS and could lead to a good camp battle.

What do you think, Addicts? Should the Chiefs sign Martin?

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  • Jason Seibel

    At this point in the offseason I think any move that adds depth is a good one!

    • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

      Yeah. More depth not just means more flexibility in the draft.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.messina.75 Thomas Messina

    With no disrespect to Pioli, hahaha, you need a team with a mix of youth and vets. The youngest team may not be ready and an old one only have a small window to succeed. Some of these gray beards will not make it but they can hold the roster together until youth arrives. Also one bad draft does not end all hope for several years.

  • Carlos Nevarez

    If they can get him cheap, i’d be ok with the signing

  • Brady Jones

    I see all of our eggs going into two baskets. Tackle even if we don’t trade Albert will be our 1st pick. Maybe not at number one i hope but I would love to stay in the top ten and our 1st 3rd round pick will be at inside backer. My dream breakdown is a trade back with say the raiders so they can jump Jacksonville and they give up 2nd. We select Jordan from Oregon at #3 we trade Albert to the Dolphins for a number 2 and we trade back into the 1st using a 2&3 to pick up OT from OK. Oh and we still have Author Brown hanging around when we select with our other 3rd round pick……. Oh dreams are so much fun

  • PunjabiPete

    **English teacher** “If not unspectacular” translates to him being spectacular, not sure if you mean it that way **/English teacher

    Thanks for the write up though, things are getting interesting.

  • http://powellbailbonds.weebly.com/ big chief

    Camp body maybe. Don’t really need anymore just below average players.

  • davea2774

    Panthers should have resigned him. Nakumara is a joke. Chiefs could be getting a good safety.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=40500008 Jase K Alston

    Even Nakumara was a slight improvement over Martin and Nakumara sucks. He can cover better than Nakumara but his poor tackling makes him a poor add. I wouldn’t do it if I were you guys.