Nov 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans inside linebacker Joe Mays (53) reacts after making a sack during the second quarter against the Indianapolis Colts at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Texans Free Agents: Will Joe Mays return with the Texans?

 

In 2013 a late offseason signing for the Houston Texans was inside linebacker Joe Mays, who came to the team on a one-year deal following his release by the Denver Broncos.

In his one year with the Texas (14 games), Mays, 28, had 67 combined tackles (42 solo) and just one sack. He had no forced fumbles, no interceptions, but did deflect three passes in 13 starts.

For his career (six seasons), Mays has 220 tackles and one forced fumble.

Before arriving in Houston last season, Mays, a ’08 sixth round draft choice by the Philadelphia Eagles, had just 20 tackles in six games during his final season with Denver. Mays had his ’12 season cut short due fracturing his left fibula against the New Orleans Saints.

Should the Texans bring back Mays?

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote of Mays in his end of season grades, which he gave the linebackers of the Texans a C:

“Joe Mays gave (a) workmanlike performance.”

If so, it should just be on a one-year deal for depth reasons if nothing else.

Mays since arriving in the NFL had just one season of 16 games played coming in ’11.

In his career, Mays has just 1.5 sacks.

Mays probably won’t play an entire season is history holds up, but if the Texans were to re-sign Mays for depth purposes I could see that working out for the Texans, otherwise these two might just have to part ways in ’14.

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