Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Joe Mays (53) reacts after making a sack during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Free Agency: Kansas City Chiefs Sign LB, Joe Mays


The Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms with free agent linebacker, Joe Mays, according Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.

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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  • Jordan

    Yay we picked up a scrubby stop gap player for ILB least we know we can do this again every year

  • Niddy87

    Hopefully they’ve seen something in Nico Johnson that we haven’t….

  • tm1946

    Lost 2 Guards and slot, drafted a ILB and signed Mays……. guess Johnson may not be the answer to some question we are not allowed to consider….. Oh, well, the season is saved. Just who is playing Guard, heard our Center was a better guard because he was only below average a Center, win, win.

    • Hawthorne

      Well we picked up Jeff Un-pronounceable-name from the colts. He has played RG and RT, may be competition for Rishaw Johnson or could take Stephenson’s old job of swing tackle. Odds are though that we draft an OT or OG.

      • tm1946

        I would suggest Jeff ____ is a sub. Johnson, R and N, on offense and def. are not starters based on last years efforts……. so, we got Mays for a replacement for Jordan and we got ______, ____, ____ subs replacing starters who were average or average+ and the subs were not good enough. Seems a step back to me.

  • sidibeke

    Don’t think his signing is reflection of NJ. Need depth there whether Nico or Mays starts.