EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today agreed to contract terms (contingent on passing of his physical) with one of their most productive defensive players in the 2019 season.
Linebacker David Mayo, who joined the team less than a week before the season opener, played in all 16 games and finished second on the team (tied with linebacker Alec Ogletree) with 80 tackles (50 solo). Mayo had 2.0 sacks, five tackles for loss, two passes defensed and one fumble recovery. He also had two special teams tackles.
The Giants signed Mayo on Sept. 2, two days after he was cut by the San Francisco 49ers. He played in the season opener in Dallas six days later and in a reserve role in each of the first three games. Mayo moved into the starting lineup on Sept. 29 against Washington and started each of he final 13 games.
Mayo had a season-high 12 tackles (eight solo) including a half-sack at New England on Oct. 10 and 10 tackles (four solo) at Washington on Dec. 22. He had the first full suck of his career vs. Arizona on Oct. 20 and a half-sack against Philadelphia in the season finale.
The 2020 season will be Mayo's sixth in the NFL. He entered the league as a fifth-round draft choice from Texas State in 2015 by the Carolina Panthers, whose general manager then was Dave Gettleman, who now holds the same position with the Giants.
Mayo played four years for the Panthers before signing as a free agent with the 49ers on March 14, 2019. San Francisco released him at the end of training camp, a transaction that soon benefitted the Giants.
In five seasons, Mayo has played in 75 regular-season games with 17 starts. His totals include 112 tackles (69 solo), 2.0 sacks and 37 special teams tackles.
Mayo has played in all 16 games each of the last three seasons.
Ogletree, who also started 13 games, was waived on Feb. 26, leaving Mayo as the Giants' most experienced inside linebacker.
Mayo played in 29 games in three seasons (2012-2014) at Texas State after playing one year at Santa Monica College. His career totals included 284 tackles (157 solo), four interceptions, three forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery. As a senior in 2014, he was named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year after tying the conference record for tackles in a season with 154 (72 solo).
View photos of linebacker David Mayo, who agreed to terms with the Giants.