Joe Mays

Getting released by the Denver Broncos last week doesn’t end the chances for Joe Mays playing for an NFL team next season, as both the Washington Redskins and the San Diego Chargers, very thin at inside linebacker at the moment, are showing an interest in signing the player.

Mike Jones and Mark Maske of the Washington Post are reporting that Mays is going to visit with the Redskins this week, hoping to get the job of backing up London Fletcher and Perry Riley. The Redskins were counting on Keenan Robinson to take another step forward entering his second NFL season, but his torn pectoral means he’ll be out for the entire 2013 NFL season, and the Redskins need some cover.

The Chargers are in the same position, although they might be slightly deeper when it comes to their backup. Jonas Mouton, who hasn’t played much since entering the league in 2011, was supposed to be the backup to Donald Butler and Manti Te’o, giving him a very significant role in their defense.

But Mouton tore his ACL this week, meaning he’ll be out for the entire season. This leaves them with D.J. Smith to backup Butler and Te’o, but he’s also coming off a season-ending injury he sustained last season, and there really isn’t much beyond him for the Chargers to use for backup.

Mays could come in extremely handy for the Chargers after playing for the Broncos for the past three seasons, and is quite accustomed to the offenses in the AFC West. However, the Chargers are probably going to have to wait until the Redskins have a first go at the player this week. Only if Washington don’t sign Mays will the Chargers have a shot at getting Mays. They might take a chance at one of their other players, but it’s more likely they’d prefer someone with a little bit more of NFL experience.

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