Report: Bears may have made an offer for Taylor Mays

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The San Francisco 49ers recently sent an e-mail to all other teams offering second-year safety Taylor Mays in trade.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com writes that there’s talk within the locker room that the Bears made an offer for Mays — and that the 49ers rejected it.

Per Maiocco, Mays declined comment, and the 49ers denied that the Bears made an offer.

If an offer was made by the Bears, the 49ers naturally would have been leery.  In 2008, the Bears charged the 49ers with tampering in connection with failed trade talks for linebacker Lance Briggs.  The 49ers eventually lost a fifth-round pick, and they were required to flip-flop third-round picks with the Bears because the league concluded that the 49ers approached Briggs’ agent regarding a contract extension at the time the trade talks were occurring.

Then there’s the fact that the brother of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is the head coach of the Ravens, and that John Harbaugh and other members of the Ravens organization believe that the Bears should have sent a fourth-round pick to the Ravens after a failed effort to swap first-round picks during the 2011 draft.

“They agreed to [trade] a pick,” John Harbaugh said last month during an appearance on ESPN Chicago’s Waddle & Silvy Show.  “They got their guy [Gabe Carimi] on the phone.  They recognized he wasn’t getting calls from the team behind them.  And then they basically stalled for over a minute, telling us that they had called the trade in.  So that was just not honest.

“That’s not OK.  It’s not ethical, it’s not right.  I personally agree with our owner [Steve Bisciotti] that they should have been held accountable for it.   We basically took them at their word, and obviously that was a mistake.”

And so the Ravens likely wouldn’t be inclined to do business with the Bears in the immediate future — and John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, likely wouldn’t be inclined to do business with the Bears, either.  Along with the rest of the 49ers organization.

35 responses to “Report: Bears may have made an offer for Taylor Mays

  1. I doubt the 49ers organisation would care that the Ravens had a failed trade with the Bears, no matter how many links you try to make

    If the offers good enough, he’ll go

  2. Funny how some organizations can never catch a break.
    Btw. Steve bisciotti , great name! Pick up line ” hey baby, how about you Have a piece of bisciotti .:)

  3. I’m confused. Why would the Bears be leery of the 49ers because of the tampering thing? If anything, the Bears should be leery…the 49ers were the ones that were trying to subvert rules.

  4. Tim Ruskell trying to accumulate more under talented players so he can drive the Bears into the ground like he did the Hawks. Gonna suck to be a Bears fan

  5. What they offer…. A 6 pack of beer and negotiations broke down because the Bears wouldn’t throw in some tic tacs?

    Can’t imagine a deal for Taylor Mays being hard to broker. He has no value.

  6. I have a hard time believing the Bears would offer something another team is able to refuse. Perhaps the Niners are hoping the Bears will up their offer three first-round picks instead of just two.

  7. This article is funny. The 9ers want to stick it to the Bears because the league caught the 9ers tampering? The 49ers won’t attempt to make their franchise better because Jim’s brother coaches the Ravens and their was “draft day snafu” with the Bears? One of the dumbest things I’ve read in a while. ” You know what, lets not get better because Jerry Angelo screwed our head coaches brothers team.” Enjoy last place again if that is their logic.

  8. If a guy is 23 and your already trying to trade him so much so that you are sending mass league wide e-mails, why would anyone offer you anything. Clearly the niners do not want this player.

    He must be really bad. If they can get any pick at this point they should take it. Or they could wait through the season and see if maybe the young man gets it and turns the corner. ?If not, cut him.

  9. I’m sorry, the conclusion drawn makes no sense. Because the 49’ers tampered with a Bears player, they now won’t accept a Bears offer for one of their own? Why not? If it isn’t good enough, it’s not good enough, having nothing to do with the tampering history.

    If you’re saying that the loss of draft picks in the past makes the 49’ers want to recoup them in *this* deal, that’s one thing, otherwise, it’s just an exercise in really, really, rotten logic.

    And I won’t even address the contention that the 49’ers’ view of the Bears’ offer for Mays is being colored by what the Bears did (or didn’t do) in last April’s draft — to a different team.

    The offer made is either good enough, or it isn’t. Leave out the poorly-thought-out Freudian analysis.

  10. Seriously Bear fans why aren;t the using Steltz… im not trying to be stupid I just dont pay attention to Chicago media. Why aren’t they using him, seriously give me some feedback. The times ive seen him play in Chicago he’s been solid.

  11. balzosteel says:Aug 19, 2011 7:01 AM

    You reap what you sew, Chicago. Karma’s a beeyot, ain’t it??
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    *yeah, now we’ll never get taylor mays. we sure learned our lesson. tool.*
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    eco2data says:Aug 19, 2011 7:24 AM

    Bears suck. Why so much hoopla for a team that has 1 Lombardi trophy? They look much better when you have, oh IDK, FIVE
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    *been a long time since bill walsh was there, hasn’t it, tool # 2?*

  12. Seriously Bear fans why aren;t the using Steltz… im not trying to be stupid I just dont pay attention to Chicago media. Why aren’t they using him, seriously give me some feedback. The times ive seen him play in Chicago he’s been solid.

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    Steltz is pretty good against the run and a hard hitter, but he can get lost in pass coverage. Maybe the Cover-2 transition???

    I don’t think the Bears are looking for a starter, they are looking for depth. We have a history of injured safeties. You can never have too many.

  13. If Jim Harbaugh was going to stick it to the Bears it wouldn’t be to avenge the honor of his brother. It would be for the years of therapy he endured because of how Ditka treated him.

  14. 1985bears says: Aug 19, 2011 11:16 AM

    balzosteel says:Aug 19, 2011 7:01 AM

    You reap what you sew, Chicago. Karma’s a beeyot, ain’t it??
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    *yeah, now we’ll never get taylor mays. we sure learned our lesson. tool.*
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    eco2data says:Aug 19, 2011 7:24 AM

    Bears suck. Why so much hoopla for a team that has 1 Lombardi trophy? They look much better when you have, oh IDK, FIVE
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    *been a long time since bill walsh was there, hasn’t it, tool # 2?*

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    REALLY???? Coulda sworn Walsh won a super bowl more recently than 1985 and living in Chitcago myself, I hear about that damn near every day to the point it’s like traveling through time listening to Bears fans talk football.

  15. @louisvillebear

    Thanks. Steltz is a lot more atheletic than people give him credit for. The game in 09 when yall beat the Vikings he played really good, even in coverage. I graduated in 04 in H.S. with him so im definitely impartial but dude can play ball. What he did against Jesuit (our High School rival) was one of the most amazing things ive ever seen one person ever do on the football field in my life. I hope he gets a shot somewhere if not with the bears.

  16. So many Bears haters. Worry about your pathetic selves and your own teams. Read the stories and contribute something or go suck a lemon. Don’t troll.

  17. Bears suck. Why so much hoopla for a team that has 1 Lombardi trophy? They look much better when you have, oh IDK, FIVE
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    *been a long time since bill walsh was there, hasn’t it, tool # 2?*

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    Tool #2? Funny coming from the guy whose handle is 1985bears …. talk about living in the past… that one glorious day you had. If I’m living in the past, at least I can relive 5 of those days =D

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