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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Chiefs agree with LB Joe Mays

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The Kansas City Chiefs signed inside linebacker Joe Mays and offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach on Wednesday.

Mays signed a two-year, $6 million deal, which includes a $1.5 million signing bonus, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. The contract includes incentives up to $4 million each year, the source said.

The 5-11, 244-pound Mays started 13 games for the Texans last season. Mays began his career in 2008 as a sixth-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles, then coached by current Chiefs coach Andy Reid.

He lasted two seasons with the Eagles before moving on to Denve., where he started 21 games over three seasons with the Broncos. He played one season in Houston.

Linkenbach's signing is the Chiefs' response to the loss in free agency of offensive linemen Branden Albert, Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah.

Linkenbach played both guard and tackle for the Indianapolis Colts, starting 33 games in his four seasons. He could wind up starting at the vacant spot at right guard or he could be the main backup at both guard and tackle.

Information from ESPN.com Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher was used in this report.