Login  |   Register
On Now
Coming Up
  • Tue., Feb. 28, 2017 12:00 AM MST Combine Timing and Testing The Combine begins in Indianapolis and runs through March 6.
  • Wed., Mar. 01, 2017 2:00 PM MST Deadline to designate Francise or Transition Players Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.
  • Tue., Mar. 07, 2017 12:00 AM MST Teams may negotiate with their own Unrestricted Free Agents

    During the period beginning at 12 noon, New York time, on March 7th and ending at 3:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9th, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2016 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    During the above two-day negotiating period, no direct contact is permitted between a prospective unrestricted free agent and any employee or representative of a club, other than the player’s current club.

  • Thu., Mar. 09, 2017 12:00 AM MST 2017 League Year and Free Agency begin

    The 2017 League Year and Free Agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time.

    The first day of the 2017 League Year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the League office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 9.

    Trading period for 2017 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2016 contracts.

  • Sun., Mar. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Annual League Meeting Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Mon., Apr. 03, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Clubs with new head coaches may begin offseason workouts Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2016 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
  • Fri., Apr. 21, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign Offer Sheets.
  • Wed., Apr. 26, 2017 12:00 AM MDT Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents. Deadline for prior club to exercise Right of First Refusal to Restricted Free Agents.
  • Thu., Apr. 27, 2017 12:00 AM MDT 2017 NFL Draft The 2017 NFL Draft begins in Philadelphia and runs through April 29.
Print
RSS

Mays Already Eyeing Return

Posted Feb 15, 2013

Linebacker Joe Mays is excited to recover from his injury and help the Broncos go on a deeper playoff run in 2013.


ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Linebacker Joe Mays would have liked to be a much bigger part of the Broncos’ 11-game winning streak to end the 2012 regular season. 

Early in the season, Mays anchored the defense, starting at middle linebacker in four of the six games he played in. But in the Broncos’ 34-14 defeat of New Orleans in Week 8, Mays’ season ended abruptly when an ankle injury sent him to the team’s injured reserve list. The win over the Saints proved to be the second victory in what became an 11-game winning streak to end the season. Though Mays’ injury prevented him from being involved in the way he would have preferred, it didn’t stop him from enjoying the ride and taking pride in the team’s success.

“I just learned that these guys don’t take no for an answer,” Mays said the day after the team's season ended. “That’s how this locker room has been for a long time. They went out there, they proved to everybody that they could be better than a lot of people expected us to be. I’m just looking forward to coming back and being a part of everything and being healthy.”

While Mays was proud of the Broncos’ effort in his absence, he didn’t deny the difficulty of experiencing the team’s regular-season run from the outside looking in.

“It was tough to be sitting at home watching these guys on TV, just seeing the progress that we made from the first couple of games toward the middle of the season and the end,” Mays said.   

One feeling the injury didn’t deprive Mays of was the disappointment following the season-ending loss to Baltimore in the Divisional Round. But Mays was among those focusing on the motivation that will result from falling short of the lofty goals the Broncos harbored entering the playoffs as the No. 1 seed.

“I think it makes guys more hungry than what they were before,” Mays said. “I’m definitely looking forward to coming back to work with these guys, because in a way it’s going to be fun, but I know there’s going to be a ton of guys who feel the same way I do. They’re hungry to get back in the same position we were and to be better.”

But before Mays can help the Broncos duplicate their regular season success and follow it with a deeper playoff run in 2013, he must finish his rehabilitation. When the Broncos were cleaning out their lockers after the season, he had recently had the boot on his injured ankle removed and was using only one crutch instead of two. Though work still remains before he can walk without a crutch, Mays already is confident that he’ll be ready to go when Denver begins its 2013 training camp, and possibly even sooner.

“I should be just about there (for) OTAs,” Mays said. “But definitely training camp.”

In addition to being excited to get back to full strength physically, Mays is eager for his return to the field because of the type of teammates he will be rejoining.  

“We’re trying to move further next year,” Mays said. “This is a locker room full of guys who know what it takes to be professionals and know what it takes to go out there and take care of business each and every week. I’m looking forward to being a part of that.”