While the Denver Broncos seemingly are signing every Pro Bowl caliber player under the sun to fit into their seemingly limitless salary “cap” during the first two days of free agency, Kansas City Chiefs fans can take solace in the fact that their team signed linebacker Joe Mays and guard/tackle Jeff Linkenbach to contracts on Wednesday.
Don’t worry folks. Even your Chiefs Examiner had to Google both those names to make sure they are active NFL players. They are.
Ok, to be fair, both players provide cost-effective depth at two areas of need for KC and both could find themselves in the starting line-up next season. Chiefs fans will need to tap into all the patience they possess because the biggest off-season player news they will get is 99% tied to the NFL Draft in May.
Mays, 28, spent the 2013 season with the Texans, where he started 13 games and made 67 tackles for one of the league’s best defenses. Unfortunately, Mays’ biggest claim to fame is that, as a member of the Broncos in 2012, he hit Texans QB Matt Schaub so hard it knocked a piece of Schaub’s ear off. We’re fairly confident the two didn’t hang out together much as teammates in 2013.
For Chiefs fans, the 5-11, 244-lb linebacker also once hit former KC tight end Tony Moeaki so hard on an on-sides kick that he knocked Moeaki unconscious, forcing him to miss a couple of games.
Mays started his career in Philadelphia in 2008 and played two years with the Eagles, which means he’s a familiar face to current Chiefs coach Andy Reid. He played for Denver from 2010 to 2012 appearing in 34 games before breaking an ankle on special teams in 2012.
Linkenbach, 26, played both guard and tackle in Indianapolis, but had just one full season as a starter. He certainly has the body to play offensive tackle, measuring in at 6-6 and 325 lbs. Considering the Chiefs lost three starting linemen on Tuesday, Linkenbach probably has a pretty good shot to claim a starting job this summer.
Remember that last year, nobody knew who the heck Geoff Schwartz was when Reid and GM John Dorsey signed him to a one-year deal and this year, a certain segment of fans are acting like the sky is falling because Schwartz signed a four year deal with the New York Giants Wednesday. Have a little faith that the new Chiefs front office might actually know what they are doing.
May’s contract is reportedly for two years and $6 million ($3 million guaranteed) while Linkenbach’s is a one-year $900,000 deal with another $600,000 available through incentives.
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