KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs and inside linebacker Josh Mauga agreed to a three-year deal, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Friday with ChiefsDigest.com.
The contract won’t become official until Monday, according to the source.
While the financial terms of the contract weren’t disclosed, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports it is an $8 million deal. Schefter was the first to report the deal.
The Chiefs have not officially announced the agreement with Mauga.
Getting Mauga re-signed comes a day after the Chiefs parted ways with Joe Mays. Mays’ release left the Chiefs with inside linebackers Derrick Johnson, who returns from an Achilles injury, James-Michael Johnson and JoJo Dickson under contract.
The agreement between the Chiefs and Mauga keeps Mauga off the market as an unrestricted free agent when the league’s calendar year begins Tuesday.
Mauga offers immediate depth and an experienced player within the Chiefs’ defensive scheme.
The 6-1, 245-pound Mauga originally joined the Chiefs in 2014 the day before training camp. He took over as the starting left inside linebacker before the regular season after Mays underwent wrist surgery in late August.
Mauga went on to start all 16 games and finished the year leading the Chiefs in tackles with a career-high 103 (82 solo). The 27-year-old Mauga also recorded a half-sack, three passes defensed and six quarterback hurries.
He entered the league in 2009 as an undrafted free agent out of Nevada with the New York Jets where he played under then-Jets linebackers coach Bob Sutton.
Mauga’s final two seasons with the Jets were spent on injured reserve before he signed with Kansas City and reunited with Sutton, the Chiefs current defensive coordinator.