Jerod Mayo says he's 'retiring a Patriot,' thanks organization

Jerod Mayo's time with the Patriots is up. (USATSI)

After eight seasons, linebacker Jerod Mayo announced Tuesday that his time with the New England Patriots has come to an end. Mayo made the announcement in a post to his Instagram account.

RETIRING A PATRIOT.

A photo posted by Jerod Mayo (@jerod_mayo51) onFeb 16, 2016 at 3:07pm PST

The caption of the post reads "RETIRING A PATRIOT," though it does not specify if that means Mayo is retiring effective immediately or whether he will do so at some later date after re-signing with the Patriots on one of those one-day contracts before calling it quits.

There was a time where Mayo was among the very best linebackers in the NFL (sometime around 2010-12), but his last three seasons have all ended with him hitting injured reserve. Mayo suffered a torn pectoral in 2013 and 2015 and tore his patellar tendon in 2014. In his Pats career, Mayo finished with 803 tackles, 11 sacks, eight forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and three interceptions.

His absence from next season's roster saves the Patriots $7 million against the salary cap, but also leaves them fairly thin at the linebacker position behind starters Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower. Bill Belichick has never been one to shy away from unusual defensive arrangements, but one would think he will figure out a way to add some talent at the position at some point before next season.

As for Mayo, if he's done, he has been a mostly excellent player who  has had the misfortunate of some bad injury luck of late. If he's looking for a new team during the offseason, it's a pretty good bet that somebody will kick the tires and take a gamble that he stays healthy and productive.

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Jared Dubin is a New York lawyer and writer. He joined CBSSports.com in 2014 and has since spent far too much of his time watching film and working in spreadsheets. Full Bio

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