Chiefs Ink Abdullah, Mays & Linkbach from The Mothership
The Kansas City Chiefs officially announced on Wednesday that the team has signed defensive back
Husain Abdullah, linebacker Joe Mays and offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach.
"We are excited to be able to bring back Husain Abdullah, as well as add Joe Mays and Jeff Linkenbach to our roster," Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. "All three of these men will add depth and talent to our team as we continue to build for the 2014 season."
Chiefs Spotlight: Customer Relations Department from The Mothership
"I like to think of the Customer Relations department as fan advocates, as we serve as the voice of the fan for the organization," Jayne Martin, Director of Fan Experience explained. "We evaluate the overall fan experience from their point-of-view and identify opportunities to improve and enhance that experience."
Throughout the year, the Customer Relations department is responsible for communicating with the fans, evaluating fan feedback and analyzing data to help create customized experiences.
"We all recognize that our fans are individuals, so using data and fan feedback allows us to tailor communication and provide customized experiences," Leah Rindler, Fans Insight and Analysis Manager said.
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Chiefs Sign LB Joe Mays, OL Jeff Linenbach from Chiefs Spin
After mostly sitting out the action of Day One's free-agent market - choosing to sign one of their own after losing five players - the Chiefs joined the fray Wednesday.
With the re-signing of free safety Husain Abdullah, the Chiefs officially announced the signings of former Houston Texans inside linebacker Joe Mays and former Colts offensive lineman Jeff Linkenbach to free-agent contracts.
Chiefs Sign Mays And Linkenbach After Losing Five Players from KC Star via The Miami Herald
Mays' contract is for two years and $6 million, according to a source. ESPN's Adam Caplan, who first reported Mays' signing, wrote that his contract includes a $1.5 million signing bonus with up to $4 million in incentives each year.
It appears Mays, is listed at 5 feet 11 and 246 pounds, will likely take the place of Akeem Jordan, who was the Chiefs' starting inside linebacker next to Derrick Johnson. Like Jordan, the 28-year-old Mays has a reputation as a two-down linebacker who is at his best against the run.
Abdullah's Signing Not Insignificant from ESPN
The Chiefs received some contribution from Abdullah last season, mainly on special teams. But they also got some use from him as an extra defensive back. They occasionally used him as a nickelback in coverage and he did a nice job with that, so Abdullah has some versatility to his game.
His signature play last season was the interception he returned 44 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal a 24-7 victory over the Raiders in October at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs Sign Two from Warpaint Illustrated
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.
Joe Mays, Jeff Linkenbach Land In Kansas City from ProFootballTalk
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.
Chiefs See Major Defections On First Day Of Free Agency from ProFootballTalk
Before Tuesday, a gap existed between the Broncos and Chiefs. On Tuesday, that gap widened.
Double Coverage: Branden Albert from ESPN
It's a loss for the Chiefs for the short term without a doubt. Eventually, the Chiefs should be able to handle his departure. The Chiefs and Albert were so far apart on a long-term contract last year that they knew it was never going to happen. So they began preparing for this day last year by selecting a tackle, Eric Fisher, with the first pick in the draft. Fisher started as a rookie at right tackle but didn't play well. He was a huge disappointment, but there's no reason to believe he won't eventually become the player the Chiefs envision. He needs a year in Kansas City's weight program. That alone should make him better.
Double Coverage: Dexter McCluster from ESPN
They were thin at receiver last year even with McCluster so they have some work to do there. Specifically regarding McCluster's role as slot receiver, the Chiefs signed Weston Dressler from the CFL and will give him a look there. He put up big numbers playing for Saskatchewan. They have Junior Hemingway, a bigger receiver who seems to be a favorite of Andy Reid's. Regardless, I expect the Chiefs to sign a veteran receiver or two and draft a receiver as well.
There were 19 current and former players to hit the turf to show off their stuff in front of NFL staff from teams such as theDetroit Lions, Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers. According to NFL Network personnel in attendance,Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano was the only head coach at USC and he spent plenty of time studying the offensive linemen at the workout.
Steelers Doctor, Trainer Enjoy Breakthrough With Hamstring Injury Study from The Tribune-Review
"They change from being a Porsche to being a pickup truck real fast," Bradley said Wednesday. "If they have a hamstring (injury), they're not the same player."
Working with former Philadelphia Eagles head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, a one-time Steelers trainer now with the Kansas City Chiefs, Bradley and Norwig reviewed 57 MRIs from 43 injured players to develop a chart that accurately can predict a player's return date.
Where Did Former Texans Go? from ESPN
LB Joe Mays -- After joining the Texans during training camp last season, Mays started in 13 of the 14 games he played. He was particularly important after the Texans lost inside linebacker Brian Cushing. The Texans did not make a run at Mays, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs on a two-year deal worth $6 million.
Chilly Pro Day For Marshall Seniors from The Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Among the teams who attended were representatives from the Cleveland Browns, Kansas City Chiefs and British Columbia Lions.
Most of the workout took place outside, despite rainy, windy weather.