The Arizona Cardinals have a long list of high-profile free agents the team hopes to re-sign this offseason, but one of the team's free agents who may have flown under the radar is defensive lineman Josh Mauro.
On Thursday, the Cardinals made sure Mauro wouldn't fly under the radar for too long, as the team announced it had reached an agreement on a two-year extension with the third-year defensive end out of Stanford. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
After entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014, Mauro has spent the last three seasons with Arizona, including the 2016 campaign when he set career highs with 13 starts and 42 tackles.
Over the last three years, Mauro has played in 34 games for Arizona, recorded 19 starts and notched 70 tackles playing along a defensive front loaded with playmakers including veterans Calais Campbell, Frostee Rucker and Corey Peters.
Mauro has brought impressive versatility to the Cardinals' defensive line, as he can align anywhere along the team's front and even spent parts of the preseason practicing as an outside linebacker from a two-point stance. During the year, Mauro earned most of his reps as a defensive end, frequently playing alongside Peters and Campbell with the first-team Cardinals' defense.
Mauro made $600,000 during the 2016 season, and should expect to see a slight increase in his base salary over the next two seasons. Still, it's unlikely Mauro will cost the Cardinals upward of $1 million annually for each of the next two years.
A native of St. Albans, United Kingdom, Mauro's re-signing ensures the Cardinals will have at least one British-born player next season when the team travels to Twickenham Stadium in London for a contest against the Los Angeles Rams during the 2017 regular season.
Editor's Note: CardinalsSource will release a premium analysis of Mauro's signing on Friday.