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Jets re-sign LB Josh Mauga to one-year deal

3/11/13 in NFL   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsAfter cutting veteran linebacker Bart Scott, the New York Jets are added depth to the position towards the end of this week by re-signing Josh Mauga to a one-year veteran minimum deal. Josh Mauga was one of the New York Jets’ four restricted free agents, who will now return with the team in 2013.
 
The New York Jets did not make a low tender offer of $1.32 million to Josh Mauga, instead re-signing him to an even lower amount. The deal worked out for both sides, although the New York Jets held most of the chips in the bargain after Josh Mauga missed most of last season with a torn pectoral muscle. Whereas, Josh Mauga who preferred to re-signed by the New York Jets instead of trying free agency got to stay another year with the team who signed him as an undrafted agent out of University of Nevada in 2009.
 
 However, Josh Mauga had a strong presence on the New York Jets special teams while also serving as a reserve. In 2011, Josh Mauga finished with 25 tackles in a backup role. He missed 11 games in 2012.
 
Following the release of aging linebackers such as Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, the New York Jets are looking to add youngsters to their linebacker positions. If the 25-year-old Josh Mauga manages to stay healthy, he could eventually move up the depth chart, given he’s had three-years of experience in the system. After giving in that amount of time, Josh Mauga at least deserves a shot to prove he can be a leader.
 
The New York Jets’ other restricted free agents are offensive tackle Austin Howard, tight end Jeff Cumberland, who received a $1.32 million tender, and long snapper Tanner Purdum who could also receive a deal with similar terms as  Josh Mauga’s one-year contract.
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