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Chiefs releasing Joe Mays means inside linebacker is a bigger need

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The Kansas City Chiefs announced the release of inside linebacker Joe Mays, which saves the team about $2.7 million in salary cap space for the 2015 season. With free agency around the corner, the Chiefs needed that cap space.

As usual the Internet reacted to the Chiefs news. This comment from our old pal KaloPhoenix sums it up for me:

Inside linebacker is a major need for the Chiefs. Mays is gone and Derrick Johnson is coming off of an Achilles injury. If you look at how the Chiefs have drafted over the last two years -- picking Eric Fisher before Branden Albert left and picking Dee Ford before Tamba Hali (eventually) leaves -- it makes sense to predict an inside linebacker for the Chiefs in the NFL Draft. Free agency, which starts on March 10, could also help us answer some of these questions.

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