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Patriots extend Jerod Mayo’s contract for five years

Mayo celebrates with Slater and Wilfork after he made an interception to help seal a win against the Washington Redskins during the second half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland Reuters

The Patriots defense doesn’t have a lot going for it, but it does have a great young leader in linebacker Jerod Mayo.

New England made sure that Mayo remains with the team through the prime of his career by giving him a five-year contract extension on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

This has probably been the most frustrating of Mayo’s four seasons in the NFL because he has struggled with injuries more than ever before in his career. But Mayo has stood out ever since the team drafted him tenth overall in 2008.  Bill Belichick often talks glowingly of Mayo’s leadership and smart play.

He was AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 and made his first Pro Bowl and All Pro team last season. His contract didn’t run out until 2013, so Mayo likely took a less up front money than he could get as a free agent in exchange for security now.

The Patriots defense is essentially built around Mayo and Vince Wilfork. Those two guys need a lot more help around them.

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23 Responses to “Patriots extend Jerod Mayo’s contract for five years”
  1. TheWizard says: Dec 17, 2011 10:42 AM

    Spikes was looking like a playmaker before his injury. If he can get back on the field along with Mayo, it’s a different defense.

  2. CKL says: Dec 17, 2011 10:44 AM

    I love Jerod. He’s not a superstar but he’s smart, tough and a good leader. Now, I hope they get Welker done or it’s gonna get ugly.

  3. elliotlc says: Dec 17, 2011 10:56 AM

    Glad Tim tebow was able to work that out for him…

  4. stanmark says: Dec 17, 2011 11:02 AM

    So in season contracts are ok for the Pats, but not for anyone else…
    thanks for clearing that up.

  5. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:05 AM

    While it’s good the Pats won’t have to wrestle with a player’s expiring contract, I’m curious of the value of the new contract. The last two weeks aside, he hasn’t been much of a playmaker, which is what the Pats desperately need. I think that guy down in Tennessee had the same stats in three and a half games (save for number of tackles) as Mayo did in almost four years.

    But nonetheless, I’m glad they’ll be some stability on that defense. Mayo is a solid teammate and seems like a top quality guy to have in the locker room. You can’t have enough of those type of guys. Hope he keeps improving and stays healthy.

  6. grogansheroes says: Dec 17, 2011 11:09 AM

    As a Pats fan, and watching every play of every game, Mayo is nothing but an average player. He makes lots of tackles, but a lot of them are 3-7 yards from the line of scrimmage. He has two interceptions the last two weeks, the first two in his career! He is not a playmaker, he is well, average. I just hope they paid him as such.

  7. toledoohoh says: Dec 17, 2011 11:15 AM

    Next make sure he has a trustworthy secondary behind him, so he Mayo can be set free a little more. Similar to when they finally gave Brady some weapons.

  8. bowens3181 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:26 AM

    @grogansheroes

    If u actually watch every Pats game and you honestly think Jerod Mayo is an average linebacker you don’t know football. Mayo is one of the better inside linebackers in the league. He’s always around the ball and he often makes touchdown saving tackles that few other linebackers could make. If you rely solely on statistics to tell you the value of defensive players then you must also think guys like Revis or Asomugha or average players also.

  9. footballdog says: Dec 17, 2011 11:31 AM

    They need to lock in Carter too!

  10. footballdog says: Dec 17, 2011 11:37 AM

    To “Grogansheroes”

    If you have watched every play you would have noticed that due to the lack of additional LB or Safety help, Mayo has to play an increased role/area. Playing the position closer to the line would make the middle of the field even more vulnerable than it is. Mayo “does his job” and makes it easier for others to do theirs. If the pats find a decent safety and another smart LB………

  11. theandy59 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:46 AM

    The bar was set very high for Jerod by where he was selected, and the strong rookie season he had. People were expecting a big “impact” type player, but what they’ve seen is just a solid linebacker. I think that it probably says a lot more about the people around Mayo than it does about Jerod. Belichick can’t use him the way he’d probably like to because if Jerod isn’t there to make the play 3 to 7 yards down the field you might be looking at a touchdown. The risk/reward is just not conducive for letting this guy loose to wreak havoc.

  12. fittytuckin says: Dec 17, 2011 11:50 AM

    @bowens3181

    Asomugha has been below average this season.

  13. cliverush says: Dec 17, 2011 11:53 AM

    Jerod is a polite young man as evidenced by his corrective answers to Tom E. Curran’s idiotic questions on their weekly show.

  14. towniesman says: Dec 17, 2011 12:20 PM

    now please get welker done….now

  15. khuxford says: Dec 17, 2011 12:27 PM

    “His contract didn’t run out until 2013, so Mayo likely took a less up front money than he could get as a free agent in exchange for security now.”

    The only security an NFL player gets is from receiving so much up front money that terminating their contract leads to such a cap hit that the club can’t afford to do it. So, pray tell, exactly what security did he get?

  16. afc22 says: Dec 17, 2011 12:31 PM

    “great young leader”…hmm, i agree with young.

  17. 6ball says: Dec 17, 2011 1:06 PM

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    @grogansheroes

    Mayo = average player

    Based on past performance Belichick throws long term contract extensions out like manhole covers. There has to be something special he sees in this guy .

    .

  18. nysaysbringit says: Dec 17, 2011 1:10 PM

    @bowens3181;
    Please dont put Asomugha in the same sentence with Revis….he has’nt earned it.

  19. micronin127 says: Dec 17, 2011 1:35 PM

    They have to keep the players that are worth keeping, like Mankins and now Mayo. It’s too bad they haven’t gotten Welker done.

  20. kdppatriots says: Dec 17, 2011 1:37 PM

    Mayo was 2008 DROTY. Last season he led the league in tackles. Mayo is ALWAYS around the ball. He is very smart and a great player. Glad the Pats extended him!!

  21. CKL says: Dec 17, 2011 1:52 PM

    I think Mayo is better @ WOLB in their 4-3 than he is inside. He’s sucking it up and playing hurt AND playing where they need him. Put Spikes back inside when he gets well and see how much “better” Mayo is. I agree he’s not a superstar but he’s not “just average” either.

  22. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 17, 2011 3:09 PM

    6ball says:
    Dec 17, 2011 1:06 PM

    Based on past performance Belichick throws long term contract extensions out like manhole covers. There has to be something special he sees in this guy.
    ——————–

    BB gave up a third round pick for Derrick Burgess…so god only knows what BB sees sometimes.

  23. pfii63 says: Dec 17, 2011 11:04 PM

    Pay no attention to Grogansheroes – he’s been like this on the Patriots’ bulletin board for years. :-)

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