New England Patriots' linebacker Jerod Mayo has officially announced his retirement fro the NFL.

In an Instagram post put up by Mayo less than an hour ago, on his personal account, verified some lingering speculation that the eight year veteran might hang up his cleats following a rash of injury-plagued seasons.

The former 10th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft put together a solid career in New England, totaling 537 solo tackles over eight seasons with the Patriots.

The lifelong Patriot had struggled to stay healthy the past few seasons, ending each of the last three years on Injured Reserve.

The two time Pro Bowler was named the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 and was named a team captain each season from 2009-20014. Mayo also recorded five consecutive seasons of at least 100 tackles from 2008-2012, leading the Patriots in tackles each season over that stretch.

While his role on the team was limited last year, his presence in the locker room and role as a leader will need to be filled. Top linebackers Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower, who have both assumed top roles on the field over the past few seasons, could be looked at to fill Mayo's role in the clubhouse.

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