The Kansas City Chiefs finally dipped their toe in the free agency pool, but it wasn’t in the way many fans were hoping. Instead bringing in big money, impact players like the Denver Broncos, the Chiefs inked role players LB Joe Mays and OL Jeff Linkenbach.
Mays signed a two-year, $6 million deal, including a $1.5 million signing bonus according to Adam Caplan.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid drafted Mays with the Eagles back in 2008 in the sixth-round out of North Dakota State and ended up playing two seasons in Philadelphia. He then spent three years with the Broncos before moving on to the Houston Texans last year where he started 13 games.
Most people in Kansas City will probably remember the linebacker for his dirty hit on Tony Moeaki in 2010 that knocked the Chiefs tight end out… literally.
He’s never been particularly impressive, but will get a chance to start at inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson. Mays could face a challenge for the job by second-year player Nico Johnson, who disappointed as a rookie.
Linkenbach comes to Kansas City after spending four years with the Indianapolis Colts, where he first caught on as an undrafted free agent out of Cincinnati. For his career, he’s played in 60 games, including 33 starts. Just five of those starts came last year for the Colts and he’s played both guard and tackle.
He didn’t look like a guy last year that could (should?) come in during training camp and win a job, but with the Chiefs losing three offensive linemen in the first 24 hours of free agency, depth is clearly an issue right now. At worst, Linkenbach will get a chance to provide Reid with a solid backup at multiple positions, which can be huge for a team as they try to optimize roster spots.