The Kansas City Chiefs haven’t made a ton of notable free agent pickups during the offseason, but one decent name they managed to grab was linebacker Joe Mays. Mays has previously played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos, and most recently the Houston Texans.
Mays attended North Dakota State for college and was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Philadelphia. He only played in two games during his rookie year and mostly played on special teams. In Mays’ second season, he had four tackles and one forced fumble in 11 games (one of which he started).
Philadelphia traded Mays to the Broncos after his second season. Mays had a rough start in Denver, as he was suspended after a vicious hit he laid on then-Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (the video of the hit is below). Karma came back to Mays though when he suffered an injury that placed him on injured reserve for the rest of the 2010 season.
During his three-year career in Denver, Mays was able to rack up 21 starts out of 34 games and had 100 tackles, four defended passes, and half a sack. Mays signed with Houston in 2013, where he played for a year. Mays then signed with Kansas City in March of this year.
Overall, Joe Mays has a total of 145 tackles, seven defended passes, one and a half sacks, one forced fumble, and one safety during his six NFL seasons. He more than likely will fill the void of Akeem Jordan, who parted ways with the Chiefs during free agency.
Hopefully Mays will be a good fit for Kansas City’s defense. He signed a two-year contract with the Chiefs and will be joining forces with Derrick Johnson to terrorize opposing offenses. Let’s just hope he doesn’t hit too hard.
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