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Tandler-Joe Mays to be brought in for visit with Redskins


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Jul 15, 2009
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Joe Mays to be brought in for visit with Redskins | Comcast SportsNet Washington

Following the loss of Keenan Robinson on the first day of training camp, the Redskins may need to make a move for a backup at inside linebacker.

Our Redskins insider, Tarik El-Bashir, has learned the Redskins will bring Joe Mays in for a visit in hopes that he could perhaps fill that void.

Mays had been with the Broncos since 2010, and made 21 starts over that time. He was a sixth-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2008, and was traded to the Broncos in exchange for RB J.J. Arrington.

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Joe Mays released by Denver Broncos - The Denver Post
Joe Mays released by Denver Broncos 7/23
By Mike Klis The Denver Post

In a move expected because of financial considerations, the Broncos released former starting middle linebacker Joe Mays on Tuesday.

Mays was due to earn a $4 million salary this season, although the Broncos will save only $3.5 million as $500,000 of his salary was guaranteed.

Either way, the money was too rich for a player who lost his starting position last season after the Broncos' fifth game against the New England Patriots.

Just because a transaction lacks surprise, though, doesn't mean it's easy for the player or the team. Mays was one of the leaders in the Broncos' locker room, a popular teammate and active in the community.

Mays started 21 of 24 games at middle linebacker for the Broncos. His career hit a series of unfortunate events, though, starting with a vicious hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub during Week 3 last season. Although Schaub appeared to duck at the last second, Mays was given a one-game suspension for his helmet hit that made all the highlight shows.

Mays returned the next week at New England, but the Patriots NASCAR-tempo offense often caught the Broncos' defense napping. It was Mays, as the defensive signal-caller, who took the brunt of the blame. He was replaced in game 6 by Keith Brooking at inside linebacker. In game 7, Mays suffered a season-ending broken leg while blocking on a punt return.

Mays, 28, doesn't figure to be unemployed for long as he was known as an exceptional special teams performer before he started playing regularly at middle linebacker.

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Could definitely provide some depth with Robinson gone, or at the very least, competition at the ILB spot. Special Teams play is ALWAYS a plus.
I wouldn't mind having him as backup to London.

Did we officially sign him already or is he just coming for a tryout?
Could definitely provide some depth with Robinson gone, or at the very least, competition at the ILB spot. Special Teams play is ALWAYS a plus.

With Veteran linebackers on the roster special teams takes a huge hit doesn't it? I don't know it for fact, but I'm guessing that special teams is a place where the young linebackers contribute the most on their way up. We're a little light in the linebacker department even with Robinson for a 3-4 aren't we?

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