Chiefs Sign Two

LB Joe Mays

With free agency hitting day two, ESPN has reported the Kansas City Chiefs have added two veterans, Offensive Lineman, Jeff Linkenbach and Inside Linebacker, Joe Mays. So how do they fit in Kansas City?

1. Jeff Linkenbach – Mostly a spot starter with the Indianapolis Colts his versatility was the most appealing factor for Kansas City. With the free agent defections of Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, adding Linkenbach was a wise move by the Chiefs.

A year ago the Chiefs added Schwartz to their roster because he could play tackle and guard. In his tenure with the Chiefs, he did just that for Kansas City. Similar to Schwartz's career before he came to Kansas City, Linkenbach did manage to start 33 of 60 games for Indianapolis.

It's hard to say if his signing guarantees him a starting spot on the Chiefs offensive line. But it can't hurt to add his experience to this roster to provide insurance Kansas City has to rely on other free agents or offensive linemen they might obtain in May's NFL Draft.

As the offensive line stands today for Kansas City only tackles, Donald Stephenson, and last years first round selection, Eric Fisher, will be locks to start in 2014.

2. LB Joe Mays - One of the Chiefs top priorities this off-season was to find a running mate for All Pro Linebacker, Derrick Johnson. Mays played a year ago with the Houston Texans. Before that he played three seasons with the Denver Broncos.

Mays is a hard-hitting linebacker that will be another inside enforcer for the Chiefs defense. He's the type of player that should excel in the Chiefs 3-4 defensive scheme. He's a tremendous run stopper that has decent coverage skills. But his forte is hitting people.

Current Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach, Andy Reid, drafted Mays back in 2009 when he was the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. In fact, last off-season you may recall, May visited the Chiefs in free agency but ultimately Kansas City decided on signing Akeem Jordan to shore up the middle of their defense.

In signing Mays the Chiefs have upgraded the position. He's far more physical than Jordan, the man he'll likely replace in the starting line-up this season, so this move – though not elite in the eyes of the fans – certainly represents a solid pick-up for Kansas City.


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