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.
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?