Chiefs Sign A Pair of Free Agents

Inside linebacker Joe Mays (L) and offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach are the newest Chiefs

The Chiefs reversed the direction of the player flow on their roster Wednesday when they added a pair of unrestricted free agents.

After losing five of their own free agents on Tuesday, the Chiefs signed inside linebacker Joe Mays and offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach.

The 5-11, 245-pound Mays will turn 29 in July. He entered the NFL out of North Dakota State in the 2008 NFL Draft, selected in the sixth round by Andy Reid when he was in Philadelphia.

Mays played two seasons with the Eagles, three with Denver and last season with Houston. He’s played in 61 games, with 36 starts and had 204 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and he scored a safety last season.

The 6-6, 303-pound Linkenbach will be 27 years old in June. He entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent out of the University of Cincinnati in 2010 with Indianapolis. In four seasons with the Colts, he played in 60 games, with 33 starts at right tackle and both left and right guard.

6 Responses to “Chiefs Sign A Pair of Free Agents”

  • March 12, 2014  - KC The Truth says:

    Good news. We will see what’s next.

  • March 12, 2014  - el cid says:

    Well they are bodies, suspect that is what we will get….. bodies.

  • March 13, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    El Cid; You seem to think alot like myself. I was going to use the phrase “plug and play”. Or kinda like trading a half dozen for 6.

  • March 13, 2014  - R W says:

    Here’s what Pro Football Rumors had to say about these guys:

    Mays, 28, started 13 games for the Texans last season, recording 66 tackles and a sack, and ranked 22nd out of 55 qualified inside linebackers, according to Pro Football Focus’ metrics. His contract represents a nice raise, as he played on a minimum-salary contract last year in Houston. We first heard yesterday that the Chiefs had interest in Mays.

    Linkenbach, meanwhile, has recorded negative grades consistently on PFF over the last several seasons in Indianapolis, but has still earned 33 starts in four years. He’ll provide depth on an offensive line that has lost Branden Albert, Jon Asamoah, and Geoff Schwartz already this week.

    ..Not exactly guys to quicken the pulse of Chief’s fans but probably okay for what they are at this point in time?

  • March 13, 2014  - David says:

    Mays is a nice player. With Linkenbach, it looks like they’re hoping for “Geoff Schwartz, part deux” – a versatile OL backup, which is one of their needs. Still need another starting-caliber offensive lineman.

  • March 13, 2014  - cychief24 says:

    Mays cost less than Jordan would have. I’m assume they will give Nico every chance to win that part-time job. I agree Linkenbach is a less expensive Schwartz.
    I like what Schefter posted on Facebook. He said the shopping at Tiffany’s is over. Now teams are shopping at Target.

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