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Patriots LB Mayo restructures contract

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New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, a team captain whose last two seasons have been ended early by injuries, reportedly has restructured his contract to reduce his $6.25 million salary.

Mayo will be guaranteed $4.5 million, with a chance to earn $6 million if he plays in 85 percent of the plays next season, according to reports by FOX Sports and NFL Network. The Patriots also inserted a $4 million option next year to engage the final two years of the contract.

Mayo, 29, has played in just 12 games over the past two years, six in 2014 because of a torn patellar tendon and six in 2013 because of a torn pectoral muscle.

New England’s first-round pick in 2008, Mayo had been one of the team’s best defenders over his first five seasons. He has 756 tackles, 10 sacks, eight forced fumbles and three interceptions in his career.


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