Dec 18, 2011; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos middle linebacker Joe Mays (51) reacts after the teams third turnover in the second quarter of the game against the New England Patriots at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Mays Signs With the Houston Texans

The Houston Texans “Bulls on Parade” defense keeps adding prize cattle to the herd as the team prepares to try to take the franchise to the next level in 2013.

With Ed Reed already signed, the Texans added another veteran linebacker as they picked up Joe Mays after he was cut by the Denver Broncos earlier this month.

The Texans signed Mays this afternoon after he worked out for the team this morning, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mays was cut last week by the Broncos, who didn’t want to pay his $4 million base salary. His most famous moment in Denver came against Texans quarterback Matt Schaub, who lost a chunk of his ear on a brutal shot from Mays that resulted in the NFL suspending Mays for the next week’s game.

Mays will provide another veteran presence in Houston, who already have a stacked linebacker group in what is one of the AFC’s most talented defense. Mays will only make that talent even more evident as the Texans will now have a depth linebacker that other teams wish they could have to play every down. A luxury the Texans aren’t used to as a former expansion team that has just recently became a top destination due to its location in Houston and the chance to play for a top team in the AFC.

Several teams showed interest in Mays, and he visited Washington before deciding against signing with the ‘Skins. In Houston Mays will provide depth at inside linebacker behind starters Brian Cushing and Darryl Sharpton, both of whom have injury concerns.



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