Chargers Sign Joe Mays, Cut J.D. Walton

TUESDAY, 3:07pm: The Chargers have officially signed Mays, cutting center J.D. Walton to create room on the roster, the team announced today in a press release.

MONDAY, 5:27pm: The Chargers are expected to sign veteran inside linebacker Joe Mays, according to Adam Caplan of (on Twitter). San Diego has been dealing with injuries at the position and the experienced Mays will provide them with additional depth.

Mays, 30, only has one 16-game season under his belt, compiling 75 tackles with the Broncos in 2011. In the past three seasons, he’s made only 28 appearances (20 starts), collecting 107 tackles and one sack. Mays was cut by the Chiefs in March, and he signed with New York in April before being released in September. Mays’ deal with Gang Green was reportedly for one year at the minimum salary, with a $870K base salary, $20K first-game roster bonus, and a $60K signing bonus. The move saved the Jets $585K and left them with $60K in dead money.

Mays auditioned for the Browns earlier this month but he was not signed.

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4 comments on “Chargers Sign Joe Mays, Cut J.D. Walton

  1. Sherman Anderson

    Need to sign Joe Mays, and start firing some coaches defensive and offensive coaches and if McCoy doesn’t want to firer anyone he need to go this is getting rediculus, owers need to step up

    • George Lamphere

      These owners? The Spanos’s? These owners haven’t “stepped up” since they bought the f’ing team in 85. All they care about is L.A. and nepotism.

  2. Sam Robinson

    Not sure how much this will do, getting a career two-down linebacker at this stage of his career. But it does further Mays’ quest to play for all four AFC West teams. He has a path to start, just like he did in Denver and Kansas City here as well, with Donald Butler perennially ineffective.


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