Patriots Coffee Talk 2/25: Extension for Jerod Mayo?

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Say what?  An extension for inside linebacker Jerod Mayo?  Already?  Didn't we draft him just three years ago?

Yes, yes, and yes.  One of the greatest storylines of the 2010 season was the emergence of inside linebacker Jerod Mayo as an elite all-pro player for the Patriots.  Don't get me wrong: Mayo was great as a rookie in 2008.  He showed flashes of dominance but then regressed due to a knee injury in 2009.

In 2010, Jerod Mayo emerged as the de-facto leader of the Patriots defense.  He was all over the field, led the NFL in tackles, and was healthy for the entire year.  Add it all together, and you've got a franchise player on the defensive side of the ball.  I think it would be hard for any Patriots fan to argue against this.

That being said, is it time for the Patriots to lock Mayo up for the future?  Jerod Mayo is signed for the next two years, and will likely be an unrestricted free agent after that.  Getting an extension done isn't an urgent matter, but if Mayo would accept an extension for some long term security at slightly below market value, it could work out brilliantly for both sides, similar to what the Patriots did with defensive end Ty Warren several years ago.

Of course, there probably needs to be a new CBA in place for any serious discussions to take place.  I would also think that the Patriots would want to figure out the Logan Mankins situation first.  Eventually, come May or June, the Patriots could have an opportunity to re-sign Mayo longterm.  Is this the prime offseason, or should the Patriots wait another year?

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