The Patriots signed LB Jerod Mayo to 5 year contract extension on Saturday. Mayo has been one of the more productive members of the Patriots defense over his 4-years in the NFL. He acts as stabilizing force in the line-backing core, a unit that has been an area of concern for the Patriots recently, specifically this year. Known for his toughness and leadership, Mayo has begun to emerge as a play-maker with 2 interceptions over the past 2 games. His last interception was hauled in on the 5-yard line with 22-seconds remaining in the game versus the Redskins, a play that secured the Patriots their victory.