Patriots’ Linebacker Jerod Mayo, 29, Retires After Eight Seasons
For those waiting for significant cracks in the Patriots' dynasty, this could be considered a major one. Jerod Mayo, the AP Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 and a giant piece of the defensive front seven, has said that he's officially retiring.
Like yours, my first thought was concussion -- Mayo is only 29 years old. But upon further review, he's suffered through four injury-shortened seasons over the past five years, indluding the past three in a row. Among the maladies were sprained MCL; torn pectoral muscle; torn patellar tendon; shoulder injury. Rehabbing all this stuff, plus the fact that it's a different injury every time, evidently takes its toll.
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Anyway, it's not such a big surprise anymore when players retire before age 30. If you're star quality and are smart with your money, you can afford it. Why put your body through the NFL's Rube Goldberg contact machine if you don't have to?
The Patriots will save $7 million on their cap with Jerod Mayo off the books, with $4.4 million in dead money left.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 16, 2016
Jerod Mayo is trending nationwide 2 hours after his retirement announcement, but still no mention from @Vol_Football...
— Tony Geist (@TonyGeist) February 17, 2016
In class, perhaps?