The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker, Joe Mays, according Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 12, 2014
The deal is worth 2 years, $6 million. This signing indicates the Chiefs were not going to come to an agreement with Akeem Jordan, who has been linked to have interest from multiple teams. This is speculation, but Mays is likely entering camp as the starter at inside linebacker, which raises a question about how much confidence the Chiefs have in Nico Johnson.
Mays was drafted by Andy Reid in the 2008 draft, so there is that familiarity and connection there between those two. He spent last season with the Texans, where recorded 67 tackles and had a Pro Football Focus grade of -2.4. However, he graded out +1 against the run, so he should be able to help the Chiefs in rush defense.
Mays also has a reputation of hard hits from his days with the Denver Broncos. He viciously hit Texans quarterback, Matt Schaub, who lost a piece of his ear from the collision and costing a one game suspension for Mays.
He’s a mid level starter in the league, and Kansas City signed him to do exactly what Akeem Jordan did for them last year. Mays at least brings quality depth to the Chiefs linebacker group at a minimal cost.
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