Chiefs re-sign Josh Mauga

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The Chiefs released linebacker Joe Mays this week, but they’ve secured the rights to another member of the position group with the same initials for the next three years.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team has re-signed Josh Mauga to a three-year deal worth $8 million. There’s no word on signing bonus or guarantees in the deal.

Mauga started all 16 games for the Chiefs last season after signing with the team in July. He had 103 tackles, a half-sack and three passes defensed  in his first year with a Kansas City defense that struggled to stop the run. Mauga played 29 games for the Jets between 2010 and 2012 before spending the entire 2013 season on injured reserve.

With Mays gone, the Chiefs now have Mauga, Derrick Johnson and James-Michael Johnson at inside linebacker. Derrick Johnson missed 15 games last season after tearing his Achilles, but should return to a starting spot if he’s healthy. Mauga will likely be in the mix to start alongside him.

8 responses to “Chiefs re-sign Josh Mauga

  1. Mauga did an Admirable job last year after Super Stud Derrick Johnson went down. Mauga played a ton more than expected. He did a “Good” job, Not Great. I am glad we are keeping him around though. Hopefully he will do nothing but improve. Go Chiefs.

  2. Terry if you watched him last year you would of realized he wasn’t terrible.

  3. Terry, 103 tackles for a full first season linebacker is far from terrible. I question your football knowledge! Much deserved contract. Why don’t you look up the stats for most tackles for the chiefs defense or better yet the entire nfl, then we will see what your outlook may be.

  4. to be fair tackle stats are misleading. he was 2nd in the NFL among inside linebackers with 21 missed tackles

    so yeah, he had 103 tackles, he was also a huge reason why KC had one of the bottom 5 run D’s in the NFL(despite no TD’s through 12 games) and he missed a lot of tackles.

  5. He was always a solid depth guy on the Jets and it was good to see him get the playing time and now the reward. KC could do a lot worse.

  6. Glad to see him back doubling up maybe with Derrick Johnson. The Chiefs need Johnson back in full form. Mauga filled in admirably, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to be an all pro. Derrick Johnson was severely missed last season and was a huge reason the run defense suffered. That and the loss of pro bowl SS Eric Berry. Any team that loses their starting MLB and SS is going to suffer against the run, but when those two guys are pro bowl type guys, it’s REALLY going to hurt.

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