Broncos cut linebacker Joe Mays

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The Denver Broncos have cut veteran linebacker Joe Mays.

It was a bit of a surprise given the timing of his release just before training camp.

The 5-foot-11, 245-pounder had just 20 tackles in six games and four starts last season.

And he was just entering the second year of a three-year, $12 million contract.

He was due a $4 million base salary, and the Broncos likely felt that was too expensive for his production or lack thereof this past season.

They pick up $3.5 million in salary-cap space. Just $500,000 of his salary was guaranteed.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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