Taylor Mays visiting Vikings

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The Vikings weren’t able to sign defensive end Michael Johnson, but they may add another player who used to work for coach Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that safety Taylor Mays will have dinner with members of the organization on Wednesday night before a formal free agent visit with the club on Thursday.

Mays has spent the last four years with the Bengals, who acquired him in a trade with the 49ers a year after the 49ers drafted him in the second round of the 2010 draft. Zimmer was the defensive coordinator for the first three of his years with Cincinnati, so he’s familiar with Mays’ ability to play a bit of linebacker in addition to safety while also contributing on special teams.

Before free agency opened, PFT reported Mays was drawing attention from several teams. Minnesota was on that list along with Washington, St. Louis and Oakland and the Bengals are also reportedly interesting in bringing Mays back for a fifth season.

29 responses to “Taylor Mays visiting Vikings

  1. Dang, I didn’t even know he was a free agent. Don’t blame him to move on from the Bengals though. Looking for a starting job. Can’t do it in Cincy with Ialoka and Reggie Nelson in his way. Good luck, Tays.

  2. @tokyo The Vikes may be the worse playoff team in NFL History with 27 losses, but at least they can make the playoffs. Top 5 in NFL History in playoff appearances in fact.

  3. The Vikings could use him, and since they’ve done next to nothing during free agency, they’ve got the roster space and cap space. Not sure what Spielman is trying to do this off-season, but doing nothing isn’t going to improve the roster.

    Sign this guy and improve your team.

  4. Let’s go easy on Tokyo, he’s still got hand prints on his throat from the Packer’s epic post season choke.

  5. Adding to the competition at the free safety spot with a guy who could also be a nickel linebacker. This is the best they can do until they find somebody better than Blanton.

  6. Meanwhile our little sisters to the east are thinking about getting Leroy butler in as a camp body.

    Embrace the choke packer peasants, you earned it!

  7. Might be useful at safety… definitely has the physical side of the NFL set.

    Just hope this isn’t simply another Bengal using the Vikings to set his market value for the Bengals to match.

  8. “Taylor, come have a pre-visit dinner together”. “%40 percent of the new stadium is done so we got some nice fresh fowl!”

    Peta
    What Lois

  9. I remember the season prior to him being drafted he was touted as a top 10 pick, to dropping I the second round, to being traded to for a 7th pick… If I remember correctly he was immensely talented just really stiff in coverage, at worst he is excellent in special teams. Definitely worth picking up in my book.

  10. The Vikings could use him, and since they’ve done next to nothing during free agency, they’ve got the roster space and cap space. Not sure what Spielman is trying to do this off-season, but doing nothing isn’t going to improve the roster.

    Sign this guy and improve your team….

    And the crickets of free agency are rubbing their legs in Green Bay

  11. Please Mike, take him from us . we wont miss him at all. Ive been wanting him gone ever since he got here.
    Viks fans, taylor is a nice guy, but he takes wrong angles on tackles .

  12. duanethomas33 says:
    Mar 18, 2015 5:07 PM

    It would be a nice touch as his dad played 11 seasons for the Vikings.
    ______

    Only two seasons with the Vikings. Seven with the Cardinals.

  13. Mays was a beast in 2010… 31 solo tackles, 9 assists, 0 sacks, 1 ff, 0 int, but his production fell WAY off when he was traded to Cincinnati. Best year after trade was 2012… 14 solo, 8 assists, 0 sacks, 0 ff, 0 int. Last year stats were abysmal… 7 solo, 2 assists, 1 sack, 0 ff, 0 int. Anyone else thinking it was the Bengals system?

  14. Instant upgrade to the secondary. This is a signing the vikings should make regardless of cost.
    The vikings have to begin signing better talent.

  15. Wise move to come to MN. Wont have nearly the responsibility as in CINCY and covering for their below average safeties. Harrison Smith will do more than his fair share. Just do your job and it will be an improvement.

  16. He is a guy who has played in the post season for three or four years running. I hope he has a good memory of that experience because if he signs with the Vikings, it will be a long time, if ever, before he returns.

    The scouting report is that his coverage skills are suspect so I don’t see him having a hard time fitting in with the rest of the Viking secondary.

  17. The scouting report is that his coverage skills are suspect so I don’t see him having a hard time fitting in with the rest of the Viking secondary…

    Yet…The Vikings outranked the Rodgers in pass defense. Since the GB defensive fire sale…it don’t look much better

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