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.