The Kansas City Chiefs are going to add at least one or two new faces to the secondary this offseason after their lack of depth showed through on the defensive unit last year. Tysyn Hartman is hoping to be one of those names.
The former Kansas State safety is hoping to catch on with the Chiefs after trying out for them over the weekend at the team's mini-camp. He signed after going undrafted as a free agent.
After losing Eric Berry and Kendrick Lewis to various injuries in 2011, the Chiefs are well aware of the need to add someone to help ease the pain there in case those guys are still smarting a bit or if someone else goes down. Hartman seemed up for the challenge ahead.
"As an undrafted guy I've got to prove that I belong here, pay attention in meetings and dive into that playbook and learn it as fast as possible and come out here and prove that I can help this football team," said Hartman. "It means a lot (to sign with the Chiefs). My aunts and uncles have had season tickets as long as I can remember. I can remember coming up to games as a kid. It's been a great experience so far."
For an undrafted free agent, Hartman has a good situation ahead of him. The team drafted De'quan Menzie from Alabama, and he's the favorite to grab a spot because of his flexibility to play corner and safety. Yet if the Chiefs also went with another defensive back, it would hardly surprise anyone.
Hartman had 69 tackles and 3 interceptions last year for Bill Snyder's team.