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Chiefs release LB Joe Mays to create salary cap space

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs released veteran linebacker Joe Mays on Thursday as they attempt to free up much-needed salary cap space before the start of free agency next week.

The Chiefs saved about $3 million by parting with Mays, who started last season on injured reserve and wound up making just 16 tackles in eight games. Mays was expected to start alongside Derrick Johnson, but never seemed to solidify his role.

The Chiefs have made modest savings by releasing Mays along with wide receivers Donnie Avery and A.J. Jenkins and tight end Anthony Fasano. Now, the big question is whether they will carve out more significant salary cap space by trading, releasing or restructuring the massive contracts of wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and linebacker Tamba Hali in the coming days.

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Leaders
Pass Yds: A. Smith3265
Pass TDs: A. Smith18
Rush Yds: J. Charles1033
Rush TDs: J. Charles9
Rec Yds: T. Kelce862
Rec TDs: J. Charles5
Int: K. Coleman3
Sacks: J. Houston22.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 5100 (25)
Passing Yards: 3428 (30)
Rushing Yards: 1918 (10)
Points per game: 22.1 (16)
Yards per game: 318.8 (25)
Touchdowns: 36 (17)
Field Goals: 25 (20)
AFC West Division
TeamWLTPct
xy-Denver 1240.750
Kansas City 970.563
San Diego 970.563
Oakland 3130.188
Full Standings
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 5288 (7)
Passing Yards: 3505 (2)
Rushing Yards: 2036 (28)
Points per game: 17.6 (3)
Yards per game: 330.5 (7)
Touchdowns: 26 (3)
Field Goals: 32 (29)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
3/5 J. Mays cut
3/2 J. Houston Designated franchise player
2/26 A. Fasano cut
2/17 D. Avery cut
2/17 A. Jenkins cut
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/28 P. Gaines illness (Out)
12/28 A. Smith spleen (Out)
12/28 D. Bowe shoulder (Questionable)
12/28 J. Charles hamstring, ankle (Questionable)
12/28 Z. Fulton foot, toe (Questionable)
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