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Chiefs Sign Joe Mays, Confirm Abdullah


The Kansas City Chiefs have signed three players, including linebacker Joe Mays.

The Chiefs sent out a press release tonight, confirming that they have indeed signed Mays, as well as safety Husain Abdullah. Abdullah was with the Chiefs last season and played well, despite taking a year off from football.

The Chiefs also announced that they have signed offensive lineman, Jeff Linkenbach.

Mays got a two-year, $6 million deal. He played for the Texans last season, recording 67 tackles.

As for Linkenbach, he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Colts in 2010. He spent time at both guard and tackle for the Colts.

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Abdullah (6-0, 204) has played in 70 games (26 starts) in five NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2013) and Minnesota Vikings (2008-11). His career numbers include 146 tackles (108 solo), 2.5 sacks (-25.5 yards), 17 passes defensed and five interceptions for 81 yards with one returned for a touchdown. Additionally, he owns 59 special teams tackles. In his first season with the Chiefs in 2013, Abdullah played in all 16 games (two starts) recording 17 tackles (12 solo), 0.5 sacks (-3.5 yards), four passes defensed and one interception return touchdown.

Mays (5-11, 244) has seen action in 61 contests (35 starts) in six NFL seasons with the Houston Texans (2013), Denver Broncos (2010-12) and Philadelphia Eagles (2008-09). His career numbers include 194 tackles (141 solo), 18 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks (-10.5 yards), six passes defensed and one forced fumble. Last season with the Texans he played in 14 games (13 starts) recording 66 tackles (41 solo), four tackles for loss, 1.0 sack (-7.0 yards) and three passes defensed. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (200th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008 NFL Draft. Mays played collegiately at North Dakota State and prepped at Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Ill.

Linkenbach (6-6, 325) has played in 60 games (33 starts) in four NFL seasons with the Indianapolis Colts (2010-13). He has seen action in four postseason games (two starts). Known for his versatility, Linkenbach served as both a tackle and a guard in his time in Indianapolis. He originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Colts on April 30, 2010. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2010 after serving as the Bearcats right tackle for four years. Linkenbach prepped at Margaretta High School in Castalia, Ohio.

We are likely to see more bargain-type signings by the Chiefs as John Dorsey continues to try to find value while keeping the team’s salary cap situation favorable.

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  • Jordan

    booo, boo john dorsey and these weak signings by the chiefs, boooo

    • Michael Shaw

      Um………is your first name Akeem???

      • Jordan

        Nope but all jokes aside I hope draft day is a big one because were going to face some major issues this season at the rate were going

        • Dave

          Late first, no second…

    • Rich Cooper

      Perspective my friend. It is never as bad as it seems

  • Hawthorne

    Sounds a lot like Chiefs sign Schwartz Chiefs sign Jordan did last year. I think we will all be happy with the results.

  • paul pace

    Time will tell if the bargain basement signings workout. I am trying to keep an open mind about all of this and hope Dorsey knows what he is doing. He did a pretty good job last year of FA signings so let’s hope he still can work his magic this year.

    • Rich Cooper

      Good deal. Signing several top tier FAS don’t necessarily lock up division titles and Super Bowl wins. Seems Seattle had the Donkies number in the big game!

  • Trent Taylor

    You can’t build a perennial contender thru free agency. Dorsey knows this well. Let Denver go nuts. They may win next season. But we will sit back and laugh while they burn in salary cap hell for the next half decade.

    • Rich Cooper

      Even with all that the donkies have done. They are not guaranteed any more than any other 31 teams. As you say they may win next season. Then again we might sneak up on them with a good Draft and a few more conservative signings. One thing is certain the bill for today’s purchases will come due soon and may be problematic.

  • Bigjrainey

    You still hate seeing the donkey’s get players that you would love to see on your team

  • http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/community/profile/index.jsp?ipid=14872822'defer='defer upperturion

    Are we even looking at Jared Allen??

    • Michael Shaw

      Doubt it. He will want Ware money for sure!!

    • Arrowhead Magic

      It would be cool to have him back, but he doesn’t fit our defense.

    • berttheclock

      Jared is not the same as he was in KC. He has lost his burst.

  • Justin R Groth

    why pay six mill in two years for mays?

    • Rich Cooper

      Seems like a bit of insurance at MLB to me. The guy must stay healthy and either beat out a good player or replace one of our lbs after injury. That simple from my perspective. Lb is a rough job and having reasonable talent to back up is crucial to maintain a certain level of play.

      • Justin R Groth

        But the price tag… could have gone towards asamoah or shwartz… idk

        • berttheclock

          As Adam Teicher writes on ESPN, it will, probably, end up being a $2M stop gap one year deal for the Chiefs. The way the contract is written, the Chiefs can opt out next March. Schwartz has merit, but, even there, the Chiefs were going to have to pony up far far money. As for Asamoah, who has been pancaked so often trying to pass protect, good riddance. Wasted trip to Illinois to even scout him in the first place. Could have picked Veldheer instead and moved Albert to guard. Yet, again, another Pioli blunder.

  • calciomoti

    Joe Mays signing is a bargain? Unless akeem Jordan gets more in fa this is not a good signing…

  • Michael Shaw

    Huessain Abdullah, meh, capable BACK-UP to Sanders Commings. Joe Mays………..seriously. Should have resigned Jordan for that. And we signed luckenback texas??????

    • Rich Cooper

      I recall Abdullah really sealed one of our early wins with a pick and td return!

      • Michael Shaw

        I get that and I am not saying he isn’t a decent player, but I would rather see what Commings can do and truly believe that HA is a back-up or nickel type player.

  • Chris Tarrants

    With a name like Linkenbach, he has to be good

    • Michael Shaw

      Have another beer brother!!! LOL!

    • berttheclock

      It used to be Luckenbach, but, Willie, Waylon and the boys asked for it to be changed.

  • Dave

    Awesome we should hold up well against Von Miller, Peyton Manning, Aquib Talib, and Demarcus Ware to name a few on that Denver team..

    • Deadmeat

      Look at the trend of all the big name FA signings over the years. How many actually pan out? Teams let them go for a reason, it’s not just about the money.

  • thabear04

    We all know big time free agents does not work well for the Chiefs… Like Ty Law, K. Bell

  • Lyle Graversen

    People need to calm down. Mays is a nasty physical player. The guy lays people out. He knocked Tony Moeaki into next week a couple years ago and then hit Matt Schaub so hard once it ripped part of his ear off. He’ll be a physical enforcer on running downs and fills Jordan’s spot. Abdullah is much better value for the money than the huge contracts handed out to safeties thus far and Linkenbach is hopefully just our top guy off the bench who can fill in and play guard or tackle. I’m hopeful that the starting RG isn’t on the team yet. These signings are good, they fill needs without using up the little bit of cap space that we have.

    Dorsey proved last season that he could find bargain contributors that really helped the team:

    Schwartz
    Jordan
    DeVito
    Abdullah
    Demps
    Cooper
    McGrath

    So why are so many people doubting that he knows what he’s doing with this year’s group?

    • Rich Cooper

      Hopefully Mr.May can load up on old Pey Pey when he looks to step up and scrammble.

    • berttheclock

      Last year, he stole Geoff Schwartz. Others have said he had been on the scrap heap. Wrong. He was misused with the Vikings where he was only used for 84 snaps, but, had a plus 5.8 rating from Pro Football Focus. Their coach kept insisting on playing Fusco, who scored very high negative ratings. The year before with the Panthers, the rating for Schwartz was even higher at plus 13.8. However, under the teachings of the Chiefs assistants, his rating soared to plus 18.4. He and his agent knew he was ready for the big bucks.

      Now, the two highest PFF ratings for guards left in FAcy, and they are both just over plus Two are Shelley Smith who is visiting both the Giants and the Pats and Garrett Reynolds. Yes, Igconito has higher ratings, but, do the Chiefs need his baggage?

  • jimfromkcj

    Patrick if all the fans posting were women I would call them fickle. Joe Mays, just a couple of years ago I was comparing Denver’s players with our players and He was garbage in their minds, even tho his stats compared to Johnson’s. Now that he has become a Chief and changed from orange to red jerseys, all of a sudden he will become overnight a great addition. Guys are comparing Dorsey’s pick ups this year with last years. The big difference is he was swimming in cash last year and had first pick of the players let go. This year we are for all intents and purposes broke. And Dorsey has to take his share of the blame for our circumstance. I never liked the pick up of Reid and Dorsey when Clark hired them, but I decided I would not get negative until I saw how they were doing. I have seen enough to know in my mind that we are not going in the right direction. No matter how you slice and dice it, we have taken a step backward this year. We lost players that we are not going to be able to replace, even tho some of them weren’t too good anyway. But we have not addressed the cap problem in any meaningful way. In fact the signing of Bowe acerbated it.

  • Mortis5150

    You can not tell me we are going to be able to fill all of our holes with the damn draft! The donkeys are kicking ass

  • Daniel Mayfield

    Finally getting an OL player!