David Mayo is staying in the NFC East. The Washington Football Team have signed the former Giants linebacker, per a club announcement. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
The Giants gave Mayo a three-year extension one year ago, but he didn’t make it very far into that new deal. He had a breakout 2019 season where he started 13 games and graded out well, per Pro Football Focus. Then, he fell out of favor with the new coaching staff led by Joe Judge. In 2020, he started just twice. The Giants released him outright earlier this month, on the same day they cut Golden Tate.
Mayo, 27, came into the league in 2015 as a fifth-round pick of the Panthers. In total, he’s appeared in 89 games with 19 starts across the last six years. His 2020 stat line — 20 tackles, two tackles for loss ,and one forced fumble — doesn’t jump off the page, but he’s not far removed from his best work. In that aforementioned ’19 campaign, Mayo registered 82 tackles, two sacks, and two passes defended while playing as one of the best run-stuffing ‘backers in the NFL.
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