Originally posted on BroncoTalk  |  Last updated 3/18/12

Middle linebacker Joe Mays is known as an workout warrior. (Screenshot image courtesy of the Denver Post)

The Denver Broncos re-signed starting middle linebacker Joe Mays on Sunday, the team announced.

Though he is the incumbent starting middle linebacker in Denver, some view him as an incompetent starting middle linebacker.  With good thumping ability and impressive strength, Mays was often beaten on passing plays last season and took bad angles on outside running plays, resulting in big runs for opposing offenses.

The Broncos were impressed enough with Mays, who started in 12 games last season, to re-sign the free agent to a three-year deal.  It is expected that Mays will compete with second-year player Nate Irving and perhaps an off-season acquisition during training camp for the starting middle linebacker position.

Entering his fifth season in the NFL, Mays recorded 75 tackles in 2011.  Acquired by the Broncos through a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2010, Mays has started in seventeen games over the past two seasons.

Mays, 26, is 5-11, 250 pounds and played collegiate football at North Dakota State.  Mays was named the Great West Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.


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