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Joe Mays, Jeff Linkenbach land in Kansas City


The Chiefs spent Tuesday watching a lot of players walk out the door.

On Wednesday, they added a couple of players to the roster. Adam Caplan of ESPN reports that the Chiefs have signed veteran linebacker Joe Mays to a two-year, $6 million deal and agent Andy Simms announced his client Jeff Linkenbach has also signed in Kansas City.

Mays spent the 2013 season with the Texans, where he started 13 games and made 67 tackles during the dismal 2-14 season in Houston. Mays’ arrival in Houston made him teammates with quarterback Matt Schaub, who lost part of his ear on a head-first hit that earned then-Bronco Mays a one-game suspension during the 2012 season.

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 from Reid’s days with the Eagles.

Linkenbach played both guard and tackle in Indianapolis, but had just one full season as a starter. Whatever role he winds up playing, his arrival should be welcome after the Chiefs lost Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz and Branden Albert on Tuesday.