The San Diego Chargers announced Tuesday that they’ve signed veteran LB Joe Mays to a contract and released C J.D. Walton to make room for him.
Walton, 28, is a former third-round pick of the Broncos back in 2010. He spent three years with the team before be was waived and later claimed by the Redskins.
The Giants wound up signing him to a two-year, $5 million contract that included $3 million guaranteed back in March of last year, but he was released one year into the agreement.
San Diego elected to sign him to a contract close to a month ago.
In 2014, Walton appeared in all 16 games for the Giants and was rated by Pro Football Focus rated as the No. 38 center out of 41 qualifying players last year.
San Diego is dealing with injuries to its corp of linebackers, and will bring Mays in to add some depth. Manti Te’o missed Sunday’s loss to the Raiders with an ankle injury, as did Tourek Williams, while Denzel Perryman left the game after suffering a pectoral injury.
Mays, 30, is a former sixth round pick of the Eagles back in 2008. He spent two years in Philadelphia before being traded to the Broncos. Since then, Mays has played for the Texans, Chiefs, and most recently for the Jets.
Unfortunately for Mays, he was among the Jets’ final roster cuts at the start of the season.
In 2014, Mays appeared in eight games and recorded 20 tackles and a fumble recovery for the Chiefs. Pro Football Focus has him down for playing 122 total snaps last year.