January 8, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays (51) comes onto the field before the first quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Joe Mays Chose Texans Over Raiders, Chiefs, Chargers


Abruptly cut by the Broncos as a salary cap management release due to his $4 million owed in base salary, Joe Mays headed to Houston with lighter pockets with his big money deal nullified. What he lost in salary, Mays got back in added motivation after being told by the Broncos he simply wasn’t worth the money they thought he was worth.

“Everything that happened in Denver, it kind of left a sour taste in my mouth,” Mays told FOX 26, ProFootballTalk reports.  ”At the same time I was able to get out and get on a great team like Houston.”

Mays revealed that he chose the Texans over the Raiders as well as fellow AFC West rivals in the Chiefs and Chargers. Mays also told Fox 26 that he received interest from the 49ers and Redskins, before settling on the Texans as the contender that had the most to offer.

The veteran defender, who likely will be getting a lot less than the $4 million he was due to earn from the Broncos this year, explained General Manager Rick Smith helped seal the deal.

“He helped a lot,” Mays said of Smith. “He just let me know I’m the type of guy that they’re looking for.  That I’m a guy that can come in and compete.

“I figured it was the best opportunity for me.  This was the best choice for me.”

Mays famously knocked the ear off of Texans quarterback Matt Schaub with a vicous hit. With the two now joined together on the same team, Schaub was quick to tell Mays that there will be no hard feelings as long as they are fighting for the same cause.

“He said it was water under the bridge,” Mays said of Schaub. “For him to be such a great guy like that, it’s pretty cool.”

Mays would have been a major pick up for any of the AFC West teams as the Chiefs, Chargers, and Raiders all could use whatever help they could get to stick it to the Broncos, who even without Mays loom as the overwhelming favorites in the division. It appears that the chance of winning more games than Denver is more important to Mays rather then the chance to play the Broncos twice with an AFC West rival this year. Mays might just have a better chance to win the Super Bowl in Houston now that he is out of Denver.

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