Chiefs sign LS Brandon Hartson to reserve/future deal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs signed long snapper Brandon Hartson to a reserve/future contract, according to Wednesday’s NFL Transaction report.

The 6-2, 238-pound Hartson entered the league in 2013 out of Houston as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears. He spent 2014 training camp with the Bears before being waived in late August.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs appear set for an offseason battle at the long snapper position.

The 25-year-old Hartson becomes the second long snapper signed to a reserve/future deal in the past 24 hours. The Chiefs signed Jorgen Hus Tuesday.

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Thomas Gafford, the Chiefs long snapper for the past seven seasons, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the league’s calendar year kicks off on March 10, 2015.

The Chiefs signed long snapper Charley Hughlett to the practice squad on Dec. 17, three days after rookie kicker Cairo Santos went 1-of-3 on field goal attempts against the Oakland Raiders in Week 15.

Santos’ rhythm during the Oakland game was off, and some of the issues could’ve been attributed to bad snaps.

“Gafford will be the first one to tell you,” special teams coordinator Dave Toub said on Dec. 18. “We had a couple inside snaps, but it all starts there. It starts with the snap and the hold.”

Hughlett’s stay on the Chiefs practice squad was short-lived, however, as the Cleveland Browns signed Hughlett to its active 53-man roster on Dec. 23.