Mays, Linkenbach Excited About K.C. Opportunities

New Chiefs inside linebacker Joe Mays said Thursday that two items punched his ticket to join the team this week as an unrestricted free agent.

“I want to go to a place where my family would love it, and I’ve heard nothing but great things about (Kansas City),” Mays said during a conference call with the KC media. “That was important to me.

“And, getting the chance to link up with Andy Reid, that was important to me too because he’s such a great person and a great coach. Why wouldn’t you want to be around someone like that?”

Mays came into the NFL with Reid and the Philadelphia Eagles through the 2008 NFL Draft. He was the 200th player selected coming out of North Dakota State.

Since then, he’s also played in Denver and Houston, but he’s maintained his connection with Reid.

“We have a pretty good relationship; it was just like I hadn’t left when I had a chance to see him out there,” Mays said. “He was smiling. I was smiling. It was just good to see him. He seemed like he was in good spirits. Everything is going well, and it’s just exciting to get back with him because I know the type of person that he is.”

Coming out of the Texans troubled season in 2013, Mays had feelers from other teams along with Houston when free agency started this week.

“I felt like it was a good situation in Kansas City; I know about the fan base from playing against these guys twice a year with me being in Denver, so, it’s just a good place to play ball,” said Mays. “Just knowing the coaches and getting a chance to meet them and talk to them, they’re serious about ball, they love ball, but it’s also a family atmosphere. That was something that I wanted to be a part of.”

Also chatting on Thursday was the Chiefs other signee in free agency: offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach. He left the Indianapolis Colts where he came into the league as an undrafted rookie in 2010 from the University of Cincinnati.

With Indy, Linkenbach showed versatility, playing all line positions but center.

“I’ve played all four guard and tackle positions and I feel comfortable pretty much anywhere,” Linkenbach said. “In college I was a tackle, but the past couple of years I played more guard. I have the long term experience at tackle but more recent experience at guard. I feel comfortable at both, so whatever need be.”

So where will he play with the Chiefs? He’s not sure.

“I go in thinking goal number one is make the team,” Linkenbach said. “Goal number two is to help the team win however I can, whatever that role entails, whether it’s starting at any position in particular or being the sixth man or seventh man, whatever the Chiefs need me to do to win football games I’m all about.

“I’ve been around a while and I’m still young enough to play for a long time but old enough to be able to help some younger guys,” he added. “This offensive line is one of the youngest in the league, so however I can help . . . I’m just looking forward to an opportunity to get in there with the guys (so they can) get to know me and I can get to know them.”

5 Responses to “Mays, Linkenbach Excited About K.C. Opportunities”

  • March 13, 2014  - Johnfromwichita says:

    “I know the fan base. A good place to play”.

    “A family place”.

    “I know how to play every where. Put me in Coach”.

    I think that is resume talk; players agent speak. That is not what I want to hear.

    I want a kid that loves football so much he could care less where he lives.

    Fans suck; we’ll only support a winner.

    And sometimes we lose.

    Tyler Palko, wherever you are. I am sorry.

  • March 14, 2014  - ChuckXX says:

    Hey Johnfromwichita; Tyler Palko??? How about Brodie Croyle??? These 2 guys will quickly get lost in the mix of players coming and going. And before the season even starts we won’t even be talking about them.

  • March 14, 2014  - Tenand6 says:

    “Family atmosphere” is just one crucial item missing in the Scott Pioli era. Extremely important in building a team.

  • March 14, 2014  - Ernie Barney says:

    Well, yeah. The players comments are the same ones we’ve all heard or read over the years. It’s cliche but what are they supposed to say? It’s the same as starting a new job with a new company; all good n happy talk. On the other hand wanting to play for Reid seems to be a common thread. Guess a lot of us fans are looking at what we lost this week compared to what we got and saying “wha….”

  • March 14, 2014  - chief214 says:

    Definitely a change from the prior regime, where the depth of the team was made up of very marginal players we could only sign by outbidding every other suitor.

    Part of why players want to play for top coaches like Reid is they know they’ll get good teaching and be put in situations to maximize their $$$ potential over the remainder of their entire career. I wish I had time to analyze the free agent contracts signed by former Patriots, particularly to see the amount of dead money they produced for the new teams.

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