Texans officially ink LB Joe Mays to 1-year deal, waive CB Johnny Adams
Smith also revealed that there were several other teams interested in Mays – including the Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers – but the player chose to sign with the Texans, only a week after his release by the Denver Broncos this offseason.
"He is a physical inside 'backer," Smith said on Tuesday. "If you look at this guy he's well-proportioned and well put together. He's compact. A physical presence at the point. He can run and has some ability in coverage as well."
Mays will now become Matt Schaub’s teammate in Houston after a season in which he hit the quarterback so hard during a game that Schaub lost a small chunk of his ear. He later apologized to Schuab for the hit and said that it wasn’t intentional. However, the NFL fined $50,000 Mays and suspended him one game for the hit on Schaub.
Schaub said on Monday, when the deal was initially reported, that he had no issues with the Texans adding Mays to their roster.
"We're way past that. That was gone as soon as we walked off the football field that day,” Schaub told KRIV-TV of Houston on Monday. “It's just a physical, hard-nosed game and he's a physical player and that's just part of football. I don't fault him for that ... He's a good player and a good guy so it's definitely water under the bridge.”
Mays said he had an opportunity to speak with Schaub on Monday and was glad to know all was good between them.
"It means a lot. You just never know what people think of you. I had a lot of bad publicity last year for the hit, being suspended and being fined,” said Mays said via KRIV-TV on Tuesday. “To actually have it come from the guy that I hit, it feels great."
The 28-year-old Mays spent the last three seasons in Denver, and is currently coming off a season in which he was limited to just six games after breaking in left leg late in October.
"Everything that happened in Denver, it kind of left a sour taste in my mouth," Mays said. "At the same time I was able to get out and get on a great team like Houston."
Mays is expected to take part in his first practice as a Texan on Wednesday.