Kansas City Chiefs Release LB Joe Mays, Inch Closer Toward Cap Ceiling


The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that the club has parted ways with inside linebacker Joe Mays.

In 2014, the veteran missed the first half of the season due to a torn tendon in his wrist. In 122 snaps last year, Mays tallied 20 tackles and a fumble recovery.

In announcing the decision, the team included the linebacker’s bio via press release:

"Mays (5-11, 244) has played in 69 games (38 starts) in seven NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs (2014), Houston Texans (2013), Denver Broncos (2010-12) and Philadelphia Eagles (2008-09). His career numbers include 211 tackles (155 solo), 1.5 sacks (-10.5 yards), nine quarterback pressures and six passes defensed. He has added one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. In one season with the Chiefs, Mays played in eight games (three starts) recording 17 tackles (14 solo) and one fumble recovery. Mays also tallied three special teams tackles. He originally entered the NFL as a sixth-round pick (200th overall) of the Eagles in the 2008 NFL Draft. Mays played collegiately at North Dakota State and prepped at Hyde Park Career Academy in Chicago, Illinois."

The move clears another $2.7 million in cap room before the March 10 deadline.

In the wake of the Mays’ release, Spotrac estimates that the Chiefs are still $2,996,835 over the cap—a deficit that’s infinitely easier to manage than the one they were staring at a week ago. For example, releasing either Chase Daniel or Mike DeVito—two recurring candidates for cuts—should finally place Kansas City under the cap ceiling.

Regardless, John Dorsey’s draft board just added another need.

Contract information provided by Spotrac.

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