New England Patriots Lose Key Defensive Piece To Unexpected Retirement

Jerod Mayo has been one of the rare staples of New England’s defense since arriving to the NFL in 2008. Mayo was selected to two Pro Bowls, won the defensive rookie of the year award in 2008, and served as a captain of the team from 2009-2015.

Due to a rash of injuries over his 8-year career though, Mayo has decided to call it quits. Mayo made the announcement official via Instagram, posting:

However, reports suggest there is a very high chance Mayo remains with the Patriots’ organization. Former linebackers coach Patrick Graham is now with the New York Giants, and New England has yet to fill the position. Mayo, a player widely loved and accepted by New England’s roster, would appear to be an ideal fit.

Mayo was set to make $11.4 million next season, but New England would’ve released him to avoid taking such a huge cap hit. He was due a $4 million bonus next month if still on the roster, but now, it looks like that bonus will be a post-NFL coaching gig instead.

Source: ESPN, Boston Herald