Chiefs Add Former Seahawks Safety Tedric Thompson

Seattle Seahawks safety Tedric Thompson in 2019. Photo by Sean Brown/CSM/Shutterstock (10435628dh)

Kansas City Chiefs have added depth to their secondary on Wednesday by signing veteran safety Tedric Thompson on a one-year deal.

Thompson spent the 2019 season with Seattle Seahawks, starting six games and contributing with 18 tackles and two interceptions. He spent the last two months of the year on an injured reserve with a shoulder injury before being released by Seattle in March.

The deal was confirmed by Thompson’s agency DEC Management although the terms remained undisclosed.

Chiefs are considered relatively deep on the position, having All-Pro Tyrann Mathieu as a projected starting safety with rookie L’Jarius Sneed and veterans Juan Thornhill and Daniel Sorensen backing him up. However, Thornhill’s ACL injury in 2019 and Sneed’s inexperience played a part in the team deciding to add another veteran option as they prepared to defend the Super Bowl title in 2020.

Tedric Thompson was drafted by Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. After a limited number of snaps in his rookie year, Thomson received more prominent time in 2018, starting 10 games as a free safety. This led to him having 57 tackles, one interceptions, one forced fumble and three pass deflection.