Report: Bengals re-sign safety Taylor Mays

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The Cincinnati Bengals have mostly been quiet on the first day of free agency. The team hasn’t dipped its toes into the free agency waters as of yet outside of keeping their own free agents with the team.

In addition to return specialist Brandon Tate and lineman Mike Pollak, the Bengals have managed to hold on to another one of their own.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Bengals have re-signed safety Taylor Mays.

Mays has appeared in 34 games for the Bengals over the last three seasons since being traded to Cincinnati from San Francisco in 2011. Mays appeared in just eight games and started one game for the Bengals this season before landing on injured reserve due to a dislocated shoulder suffered in October.

Mays has been a mostly inconsistent player since coming out of USC in 2010. After being selected in the second round of the draft by the 49ers, Mays has never been able to take hold of a starting job in the league. He has been a contributor for Cincinnati as a situational defender and special teams player.

The deal with the Bengals could give Mays an opportunity to recoup some value before taking another shot in free agency in the future.

22 responses to “Report: Bengals re-sign safety Taylor Mays

  1. Mays has been inconsistent though it seems to stem from teams trying to treat him as an instant superstar rather than growing him, yes you San Fran.

  2. Mays can’t cover his own shadow.

    SF didn’t treat him as an instant superstar. He was a sub until the starter got hurt. Then he was traded the next year. Sing had final say and apparently there was a huge argument between him and Baalke over the pick.

  3. Taylor Mays was pissed at Pete Carroll for selecting Earl Thomas in the draft instead of him. Fortunately for Seahawks fans, Carroll didn’t give to the USC Trojan connection between the two when he and John Schneider made that selection.

  4. orivar says:
    Mar 11, 2014 11:52 PM
    Mays has been inconsistent though it seems to stem from teams trying to treat him as an instant superstar rather than growing him, yes you San Fran.

    Ha, what are you talking about? He’s a less than average player at best. No one did that to him but himself.

  5. Not worried about a quiet free agency, if they resign either Burfict or AJ Green I will consider this offseason a success. Losing Michael Johnson isn’t really all that bad, there’s a raw talent Margus Hunt and dependable veteran Wallace Gilberry right behind him to step into the fold. Use that money to pay AJ or Burfict.

  6. orivar says:
    Mar 11, 2014 11:52 PM
    Mays has been inconsistent though it seems to stem from teams trying to treat him as an instant superstar rather than growing him, yes you San Fran

    Actually it stemmed from not having a viable starting SS, and then drafting a bust who could not pan out at the position. And by the looks of it, nothing has changed with a change of scenery

  7. Mays has been a mostly inconsistent player since coming out of USC in 2010. After being selected in the second round of the draft by the 49ers, Mays has never been able to take hold of a starting job in the league. He has been a contributor for Cincinnati as a situational defender and special teams player.
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    And that, Taylor Mays, is why Pete drafted Earl Thomas instead of you.

  8. Mayes is the guy Pete Carroll and John Schneider passed on twice in favor of Earl Thomas a d Golden Tate. Fortunately, the brain trust were able to identify the talents of Kam Chancelor in the fifth round and the Leigon of Boom was born.
    Go Hawks!

  9. Mays wasn’t drafted to be an immediate superstar btw. Baalke didn’t even want him at all and he was traded immediately at the start if his 2nd season so that’s a pretty weak excuse. He isn’t any good plain and simple

  10. He isn’t a superstar but he is far better then when he got to Cincy. Plays safety and had some experience at linebacker this season. Great depth signing.

  11. They moved him from safety last yr to a hybrid linebacker kinda like Eric Berry. He finally excelled in this role and would’ve had a banner year if not for a season ending injury.

  12. Thank god. A prolonged wait on a contract would have interrupted his backpack collecting routine.

  13. Mays found his niche last year as a safety/linebacker hybrid before he got hurt. He will be solid in that role.

  14. He finally was doing something as a nickel LB, then he got hurt. He provides a decent amount of flexibility playing both LB, S and special teams. If it wasn’t for much money, then a good move.

  15. I guess that means the Steelers lost out on their chance to convert him into a WR, since they only have one that is worth much of anything.

  16. Mayes has been a solid player for Cincy thus far. All he really needed was a GOOD coach to help bring it out of him. A whine arse like that crybaby harbaugh never stood a chance!

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