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.”