The 29-year-old New England Patriot’s Linebacker, Jerod Mayo, is the latest player to retire from NFL.
According to the sources, he took to Instagram to share his thoughts on his retirement and his plans. Captioned “Retiring a Patriot”, he bid farewell to the team. Later, his agent Sean Kiernan, confirmed the reports.
“After a lot of thought [Mayo’s wife] Chantel and I take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for what we consider a life changing event…..that of becoming a New England Patriot for the past 8 years,” Mayo wrote in the message.
“We are extremely grateful to ‘Thundercat’ [Patriots owner Robert Kraft], [Patriots president] Jonathan [Kraft], the Kraft family, Coach [Bill] Belichick, the Pats organization, and the most amazing fans in contributing to these pages of our lives. As my family and I prepare for the future be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts. #51 JMayo,” the message added.
According to ESPN, Mayo’s Patriots teammates, Julian Edelman and Chandler Jones, took to Twitter to wish him on his great career.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) February 17, 2016
— ♛Chandler Jones (@chanjones55) February 17, 2016
Mayo spent his entire National Football League (NFL) career playing for the New England Patriots. He played college football for the University of Tennessee. Mayo was drafted by the Patriots tenth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft, and was named the 2008 AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Mayo was drafted by the New England Patriots with the tenth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. He was signed on July 24, 2008, to a five-year contract worth AU$27.67 million ($18.9 million), including AU$19.47 million ($13.8 million) in bonuses and guarantees.
Mayo was the only rookie in the Patriots’ 2008 class to start in Week 1, and played every snap for the defence.
According to TSN, Mayo was selected for the Pro Bowl in 2010 and 2012. He was also slected as the captain from 2009 to 2015.
However, as per the sources, “The Patriots were unlikely to retain Mayo for next season at his $11.4 million cap number.” He was due a AU$5.64million ($4 million) roster bonus next month.
Mayo’s agent pointed out that he might join the Patriot’s coaching staff. But there wasn’t any official statement on that.