Jerod Mayo announced his retirement on Instagram last night. Mayo, 29, was the 10th pick in the 2008 draft for the Patriots. He won defensive rookie of the year his first year in New England. Mayo emerged as a leader for the Patriots, and became a co-defensive captain. He became a core member of the New England defense, having his best season in 2010, when he recorded an NFL leading 175 combined tackles according to NFL.com. In 2010, he was named an All-Pro. This breakout season opened the door for a contract extension, and on December 17, 2011 Mayo signed a 5-year extension.
Mayo followed up this extension by recording over 100 tackles in his 2011 season, as well as making the Pro Bowl the following year. After the 2012 season, Mayo’s next 3 seasons would result with him consecutively being placed on the injured reserve. The injury prone middle linebacker found himself low on the depth chart with the emergence of linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower. He excelled as a run stopper, but didn’t have the speed to cover tight ends or running backs in open field.
Although his career didn’t end on a high note, Mayo went about his work the right way. He was known as a hard-worker and role model to his teammates throughout his career. Although it is unfortunate to see him go, it’s nice to see him end his career as a Patriot. His salary left almost no doubt his days with New England were numbered. But nonetheless, thanks for resembling the Patriot way in the eight years you spent here in New England. Patriot Fans wish you the best in retirement.
Mayo’s Retirement from a Cap aspect
Mayo’s retirement comes before a salary cap cut imminent. With this announcement, the Patriots will save $7 million in cap money according to overthecap.com. His retirement frees money up for the Patriots to address needs that were very evident toward the end of this past season. New England is in desperate need of help on the offensive line. They also need a running back to address their pathetic attempt at a rushing attack. A receiver that can make a contribution to the offense is also a major need, as Brandon Lafell disappeared and seemed to drop the ball more than he caught it this past season. The Patriots need to make these improvements in free agency or in the draft without the luxury of a first round pick.
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