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


A long Friday began with a post regarding a report from Matt Maiocco of 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 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.

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19 Responses to “Report: Bears’ pursuit of Taylor Mays is a “dead issue””
  1. jigwig13 says: Aug 19, 2011 11:37 PM

    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. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 19, 2011 11:40 PM

    his knock coming into the league was his poor footwork. It must be real bad if teams want to move you to linebacker.

  3. darthvincent says: Aug 20, 2011 12:12 AM

    Report: duh Bears pursuit of a playoff berth is a dead issue

    bwa-hahah ahaha hahahah!!!!!

  4. veistran says: Aug 20, 2011 12:33 AM

    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.

  5. shaggytoodle says: Aug 20, 2011 1:06 AM

    Is the only reason the trade died, because the Bears haven’t called in to the league office yet?

  6. bears0492 says: Aug 20, 2011 1:44 AM

    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

  7. goldrush94 says: Aug 20, 2011 3:20 AM

    When your own college coach passes you up in the draft, that should say something.

  8. spartytime says: Aug 20, 2011 3:54 AM

    Thank God…

  9. savannahrose44 says: Aug 20, 2011 5:20 AM

    Maybe now people will understand why Seattle passed on Taylor Mays.

  10. wryly1 says: Aug 20, 2011 6:44 AM

    Shame that a kid so fast and hard-hitting isn’t being developed into a ‘fit’ somewhere.

  11. stvang says: Aug 20, 2011 7:40 AM

    Bears hopes of success is a dead issue

    Fixed it for ya

  12. dondada10 says: Aug 20, 2011 9:11 AM

    Wasn’t Urlacher a SS in college?

  13. tommytd says: Aug 20, 2011 9:37 AM

    If there’s a “knock” against him, he would be a perfect candidate for the Bears! LOL

  14. justin5117 says: Aug 20, 2011 10:42 AM

    I say the Eagles make a trade. We need LB’s and S depth wouldn’t hurt.

  15. jacksaysfu says: Aug 20, 2011 10:42 AM

    Send him to KC , maybe Thomas Jones can knock some football sense into him!

  16. depotnator says: Aug 20, 2011 12:12 PM

    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.

  17. juliusanonymous says: Aug 20, 2011 1:04 PM

    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”

  18. ceadderman says: Aug 20, 2011 4:44 PM

    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

  19. asublimeday says: Aug 21, 2011 4:04 AM

    I love the useless bears-haters. Keep flapping those GED-winning lips, we’ll keep winning.

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