Report: Bears’ pursuit of Taylor Mays is a “dead issue”

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A long Friday began with a post regarding a report from Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com regarding locker-room rumors in San Francisco that the Bears had made a trade offer for second-year safety Taylor Mays.  The 49ers denied that the Bears made such an offer.

And a long Friday is coming to a conclusion with a post regarding a report from Michael C. Wright of ESPNChicago.com that the Bears indeed tried to get Mays, but that it’s now a “dead issue.”

Wright also reports that the Bears would have moved Mays from safety to linebacker.

Earlier this month, the Niners sent an e-mail to all teams indicating that Mays is available.

19 responses to “Report: Bears’ pursuit of Taylor Mays is a “dead issue”

  1. As a niners fan I don’t get why we wouldn’t try him at lb..he’s young and inexpensive so groom him as an olb what do we lose if we keep him?…were not going to get a great pick for him

  2. Its not his footwork its that he lacks any football instincts and the guy is super stiff to the point he almost has to completely stop to change directions.

  3. mays at LB? i would have loved to see that in Chicago..That speed at the linebacker position could be a huge asset, and we already know he’s strong and can hit

  4. The media swung and missed on this issue when Pete Carroll – his college coach – passed on him in the draft. But even before the draft, draftnics were concerned about Taylor Mays’ receiving mass amounts of criticism for his supposed inhability to wrap up, going for the knockout hit, and taking bad angles. Even Mel Kiper noted that at Mays’ USC proday, Mays didn’t look fluid or comfortable changing directions during position drills. Mays is built somewhat close to how an Outside Linebacker is built but has the speed of a safety or Corner. It’s understandable that the Bears wanted to try him as an OLB, and it’s unfortunate for Mays that the 9ers wouldn’t facilitate that trade.

  5. Don’t understand how the 49ers could give up on the kid so quickly. And yeah, considering all the hate in the media for Carroll not picking this dude, there’s a. lot of crow to be eaten once again by the draft “experts”

  6. Considering the kid has great hands I think he and Walker could replace Norris who has the stiffest torso in the league.

    If he can’t be what we drafted him for then take advantage of his hands and his size and make that kid a FB. He likes to hit guys? Point him in the right direction and give him the green light to hit anything wearing the Opponents jersey. Nobody cares if you wrap up when you’re a FB. In fact it’s frowned upon and can get you a holding penalty. He wants to hit has soft hands the size and speed to lead Frank downfield.

    But that’s too crazy right? xD

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