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Jerod Mayo | Linebacker

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/23/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 250
College: Tennessee
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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." Apr 22 - 12:09 PM

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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.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 15 - 9:37 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 22 - 12:52 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.
Jan 23 - 11:20 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.
Source: NFL.com
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

Patriots WLB Jerod Mayo (pectoral) is participating in Organized Team Activities.

Mayo is progressing well after missing the final 10 games of 2013. He's been cleared for team drills and remains on track for training camp. With Dont'a Hightower moving into more of a pass-rush role, Mayo and Jamie Collins are ticketed for the majority of the true linebacker snaps in Bill Belichick's nickel packages.
Fri, May 30, 2014 08:02:00 PM

Patriots WLB Jerod Mayo (pectoral) isn't yet 100 percent.

Mayo went down in Week 6. "I don't know how it'll feel when we start going out there doing different things as far as a little bit of contact drills," Mayo said Tuesday. "Even though there's no pads, you can fall a certain way so I'm just gonna take it one day at a time and see how it goes." Mayo did say that he's getting stronger "every day." He's expected to be ready for training camp.
Tue, May 6, 2014 05:57:00 PM

ESPN Boston expects Patriots WLB Jerod Mayo (pectoral) to be ready for training camp.

Mayo went down in Week 6. Torn pecs usually require 4-6 months of rehab, so there's a chance Mayo will even be ready for OTAs. Barring a setback, he'll be full steam for training camp. Fill-in Jamie Collins shined in Mayo's absence, but the Pats aren't going to have trouble finding spots for both players.
Source: ESPN Boston
Thu, Feb 6, 2014 03:52:00 PM

Patriots placed WLB Jerod Mayo (pectoral) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Mayo needed surgery to repair the right pectoral muscle he tore against the Saints in Week 6. It's another massive blow to a defense that has already lost captain and Vince Wilfork (Achilles') for the season. Second-round rookie Jamie Collins will step in at weak-side linebacker, but he's going to struggle to replace a guy that has led the Patriots in tackles for five straight years, been to two Pro Bowls and calls the defensive plays. Mayo should be back in 2014 at a reasonable $3.25 million base salary.
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 09:47:00 AM

ESPN Boston confirms that WLB Jerod Mayo (pectoral) is not expected to play again this season.

Mayo tore his pectoral during Sunday's win over the Saints and reportedly underwent surgery. The Patriots may be able to replace his talent with No. 52 overall pick Jamie Collins, but they won't be able to truly replace what he brings to a defense allowing just 16.2 points per game (fourth-best in the NFL). Mayo plays every down, calls the plays in the defensive huddle, has led the team in tackles in five straight years and has been to the Pro Bowl twice. The Patriots previously lost defensive captain Vince Wilfork (Achilles') for the season as well.
Source: ESPN Boston
Wed, Oct 16, 2013 08:29:00 AM

Yahoo Sports reports Patriots WLB Jerod Mayo underwent surgery for a torn pectoral Tuesday, and could miss the rest of the season.

If true, it's highly unlikely Mayo plays another down this season. The Patriots have already used their short-term I.R. slot on RB Shane Vereen (wrist surgery). Mayo suffered the injury in Sunday's win over the Saints, but the Pats haven't updated his status since. It would be a big loss for a defense that's already down NT Vince Wilfork. It's worth noting, however, that Mayo has graded out spectacularly poorly in Pro Football Focus' ratings.
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 07:46:00 PM

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