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Ex-Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo retires

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New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo has retired from the NFL, according to his Instagram account. Mayo has ended the past three seasons on injured reserve.

He was sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle, which will be the final injury of his NFL career. He said “Retiring A Patriot” on the message in his Instagram photo.

Mayo explained why he’s retiring after eight-years with the team.

“After a lot of thought, 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 Patriots for the past eight years,” Mayo said. “We are extremely grateful to “Thundercat”, Jonathan, the Kraft family, coach [Bill] Belichick, the Pats organization and the most amazing fans in contributing to these pages of our lives.

“As a family and I prepare for the future, be sure that the Pats memories will always hold a special place in our hearts. #51 JMayo.”

He made $20.307 million in his career. He made $4.5 million this past season, but will save the Patriots $7 million while carrying $4.4 million in dead cap money.

He will be 30-years-old next week, and the team declined his $11.4 million option for the 2016 season. He didn’t want to play for another team, so he’s hanging up his cleats for good.

He played in all 16 games, which included eight starts this season and had 47 tackles, a sack and a pass deflection. The 47 tackles were a career-low.

In 2013 and 2014, he appeared in 12 of the 32 games. In his first seven years, he started all but two of the 87 regular-season games that he played in.

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