The days before the start of the new league year routinely feature teams creating cap space by moving on from contracts with cap numbers they no longer can justify. On Thursday, the Chiefs did just that with veteran linebacker Joe Mays.
Mays, perhaps best known for a hit on quarterback Matt Schaub that dislodged a piece of his ear, was due to earn a salary of $2.35 million in 2015, along with a per-game roster bonuses of up to $350,000. The Chiefs will carry $1 million in dead money arising from the $2 million signing bonus Mays received in 2014.
A sixth-round pick of the Eagles in 2008, Mays also has played for the Broncos and Texans. He appeared in eight games with three sacks in 2014, racking up zero sacks and no whole or partial auriculectomies.