Free agents Taylor Mays, Nick Moody suspended four games

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Safety Taylor Mays and linebacker Nick Moody are both unrestricted free agents free to sign with any team in the league, but they won’t be playing for anyone in Week One of the 2016 season.

They’ll be absent in Weeks Two, Three and Four as well. Both players have been suspended four games by the NFL according to a report from Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.

Rapoport adds that Mays’ suspension is for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. Mays was a second-round pick by the 49ers in 2010 and was traded to the Bengals the next year. He spent four years with the Bengals and bounced from the Vikings to the Lions before landing with the Raiders for 14 games and five starts last season.

Moody was also a 49ers draft pick — the sixth-round in 2013 in this case — and played 20 games with the 49ers over his first two seasons before getting released last September. He landed on the Seahawks practice squad and played three games for them later in the year.

11 responses to “Free agents Taylor Mays, Nick Moody suspended four games

  1. thirdand43 says:
    Mar 14, 2016 6:04 PM

    Taylor Mays must have a screw loose. Physically, he should be the
    most dominant safety in football.


    Truest post I’ve seen in a long time…both parts.

  2. The Saints lost Raphael Bush to the Lions. Based on the other comments, I wouldn’t mind if they could pick up Mays for cheap — if they think that loose screw could be adjusted.

  3. Ah yes, Taylor Mays. The once in a generation athlete who was supposed to revolutionize whatever position he was supposed to play in the NFL.

  4. Marginal players who fill out the bottom half of the roster are at a significantly higher risk of pushing the limits and rules. If it was take a little something like over half the league or not I bet the Lions share of you would. Only the unlucky or flat out ignorant players get caught. Millions of dollars on the line by getting some medicinal help or finding another career hoping to just make six figures.. You tell me what you’d do.

  5. I think everyone can agree on wasted potential when it comes to this guy. He has the size and speed the NFL teams salivate over.

    That’s only part of it, and as far as wasting potential goes, bigger colleges like USC get those kind of players that can crush in college (especially when they can stack the deck recruiting). Remember when people were talking about Reggie Bush could be drafted as a Top WR if he only played that position?

    Sometimes the transition to becoming a pro goes better, for player scratching and clawing trying to learn and maximize everything he needs to do to make it to that level, over a player that has spent a decade of his life being one of the best athletes stepping on the field since he was 10.

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