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Jerod Mayo | Linebacker | #51

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 250
College: Tennessee
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (10) / NE

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Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo announced his retirement after eight seasons in the NFL.
Mayo finally decided the physical toll was too much for him after ending the year on injured reserve for the third straight season. The Patriots declined his $11.4 million option for 2016 and Mayo wasn't interested in playing elsewhere. Mayo earned Rookie of the Year honors in 2008 and was a first-team All-Pro in 2010. He logged 47 tackles in his last season while backing up Dont'a Hightower and Jonathan Freeny. Feb 16 - 6:48 PM

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Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has posted that the team has declined his $11.4 million option for 2016, making him a free agent.

Mayo was due a $4.5 million roster bonus on March 9. Now 30, Mayo has finished three of the past four seasons on injured reserve, and is questionable for training camp after tearing his pectoral in the Divisional Round. Mayo is an able run stuffer, but has seen his effectiveness wane along with his health. It's not a surprising move by the Patriots.
Feb 16 - 6:27 PM

CSN New England's Tom E. Curran believes Patriots MLB Jerod Mayo (torn pec) is "likely" to be a cap cut.

Mayo, 30, has ended three of the last four seasons on injured reserve. With Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins set to land big extensions in the near future, it does not make much sense to keep Mayo on the books. Mayo is owed a $4.5 million roster bonus March 9. He will likely be released before then.
Feb 11 - 12:16 PM

CBS Boston reports Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair a torn pectoral.

Mayo was placed on I.R. ahead of the AFC Championship game, and it was announced as a shoulder injury without further details. Mayo, 30 next month, has ended three of the last four seasons on injured reserve with major injuries. The Patriots are very likely to decline his $11.4 million option sometime within the next month and a half. He's expected to be healthy by training camp.
Jan 26 - 10:37 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has likely played his final game with the team.

The Pats can clear $7 million in cap space by releasing their No. 4 linebacker. That number jumps to $8 million if he's designated as a post-June 1 cut. Mayo was placed on injured reserve after injuring his shoulder in the Divisional Round. He turns 30 in February. Mayo graded out negatively across the board in Pro Football Focus' ratings this season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jan 25 - 1:31 PM

Patriots placed ILB Jerod Mayo on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Mayo hurt his shoulder in the third quarter of Saturday's win over Kansas City. The two-time Pro Bowler only played 36.2 percent of defensive snaps this year as the No. 4 linebacker behind Dont'a Hightower, Jamie Collins and Jonathan Freeny. New England can save $8 million against the cap by declining Mayo's option for 2016. Mayo is also due a $4 million roster bonus on March 9. If Mayo intends on staying in New England, he'll likely have to restructure his contract.
Jan 19 - 5:09 PM

Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has agreed to a pay cut, signing a new one-year, $4.5 million contract.

Another $1.5 million is available through incentives. This move was necessary for Mayo to keep his roster spot coming off another injury-ruined season that saw him tear his patellar tendon. He was previously scheduled to count $10.6 million against the cap. As the Pats are likely to use more 4-3 looks this year, Mayo figures to be their starting weak-side linebacker with Dont'a Hightower in the middle and Jamie Collins at "Sam."
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 12:09:00 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss expects ILB Jerod Mayo back with the team in 2015.

Mayo was considered by some to be "as good as gone" heading into the offseason. Set to count $10.6 million against the cap and coming off another injury-wrecked season, Mayo and the Patriots seem destined to renegotiate a contract to keep Mayo in town. Particularly with the signing of Jabaal Sheard, expect the Pats to use more 4-3 looks this season, allowing them to get Mayo, Dont'a Hightower, and Jamie Collins all on the field together.
Wed, Apr 15, 2015 09:37:00 AM

Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo has a $4.5 million injury guarantee in his contract.

Mayo was thought to be a cut candidate, but according to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, "cutting Mayo while still owing him $4.5 million wouldn't be sound business." New England is still trying to piece together its salary cap to accommodate Darrelle Revis. Vince Wilfork and Danny Amendola are now more likely to be released given the clause in Mayo's contract.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 12:52:00 PM

The Boston Herald suggests the Patriots will ask ILB Jerod Mayo to take a pay cut this offseason.

It's a near-certainty New England will do this, as Mayo is scheduled to count $10.6 million against the 2015 cap. He tore his patellar tendon in Week 6, one year after tearing his pectoral. Mayo's been limited to 12 games the past two seasons. With Mayo out, the Patriots have been using Donta' Hightower and Jamie Collins as their inside 'backer duo. Both play every snap and are playing at an elite level, possibly leaving Mayo without a job. He's purely a two-down, downhill run-stopper.
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Patriots placed ILB Jerod Mayo on injured reserve with a torn patellar tendon, ending his season.

Mayo underwent surgery on Thursday. Mayo is hoping for a six-month recovery period, but that seems optimistic given the nature of the injury. Patellar ruptures are now considered more severe than ACL tears. Mayo has now appeared in just 12 games over the last two seasons as his 2013 campaign was ended early by a pectoral tear. His cap number in 2015 is a heavy $10.6 million.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 10:52:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo (knee) will miss the remainder of the season.

Sources tell Schefter that Mayo's injury is "bad." Teammates knelt around Mayo in the second quarter of Sunday's Week 6 game against the Bills before Mayo was then carted off the field. Look for Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower, and Deontae Skinner to fill in at inside 'backer with Mayo on the shelf. It's the second season in a row Mayo has suffered a season-ending injury in Week 6. He tore his pectoral last year. Mayo doesn't make many plays and is paid rather handsomely. He carries a $10.6 million cap number for 2015.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 06:29:00 PM

Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo (knee) has been ruled out for Week 7 against the Jets.

Stevan Ridley (knee) has also been ruled out. Both could be headed to I.R. shortly. The Pats will lean more on Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower at inside linebacker going forward, with Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich outside.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 04:38:00 PM

The knee injury Patriots LB Jerod Mayo suffered in Sunday's Week 6 win at Buffalo is reportedly "significant."

Mayo's injury looked severe when it happened as teammates kneeled around him and the cart came out. The Patriots used Chris White and safety Tavon Wilson to help replace their six-time defensive captain.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 08:57:00 PM

Patriots LB Jerod Mayo left Sunday's Week 6 game against the Bills with a knee injury.

Mayo was carted off in the second quarter and is out for the game. With Dont'a Hightower sidelined, the Patriots are using S Tavon Wilson at linebacker.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 02:18:00 PM

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