Broncos re-sign middle linebacker Joe Mays

AP

The Denver Broncos announced Sunday that they have re-signed linebacker Joe Mays.

Mays, who turns 27 before the season, was Denver’s third leading tackler a season ago. He started 12 games at middle linebacker, doing most of his damage on first and second downs. Mays is a run-stuffing linebacker and will return to compete for his job with 2011 third-round pick Nate Irving.

If Mays loses the position to Irvin, he could still help the Broncos in a special teams role.