Kansas City Chiefs re-sign MLB Josh Mauga

Josh Mauga was a 2009 undrafted free agent who played 235 snaps from 2009-2013 and was out of the league entirely in 2013, but he ended up making the Chiefs’ 53 man roster and starting 15 games in place of an injured Derrick Johnson. Mauga predictably struggled through, grading out 54th out of 60 eligible. Johnson will be back in 2015, but Mauga could still have a role for the Chiefs as the starting middle linebacker next to Johnson as James-Michael Johnson struggled even more than Mauga did last season.

If history is any indication, that could be a two-down role next to Derrick Johnson in 2015, though the Chiefs’ potential lack of safety depth might prevent them from using 3 safeties inside of 2 linebackers in sub packages like they like to do. Mauga’s new deal pays him 8 million over 3 years. It’s not an egregious overpayment or anything, especially for a cap strapped team, and it fits his likely 2015 role, but Mauga wasn’t worth too much more than the minimum, given his history and his 2014 play.

Grade: C




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