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Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:09 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

When you try to trade a player in the NFL, you carefully seek out potential general managers who might have interest and inquire discreetly about whether they'd like to chat. (I assume that's what happens anyway.) What you don't do is email every team in the league and let them know someone's on the trading block.

But that's what the 49ers reportedly did on Thursday as, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, they sent out "a mass email this afternoon to teams around the league to try and trade safety Taylor Mays."

Mays, as you'll likely recall, played at USC and seemed like a prime prospect for the Seahawks, since coach Pete Carroll recruited him out of high school. But Carroll passed on him and the Niners picked him up in the second round (49th overall).

That in and of itself should make put long-term ability to succeed in question. But what about this?

The 49ers single-handedly managed to prove to everyone in the NFL that they don't want Mays and simultaneously sink his market value. If it's true, it's a pretty bad move.

After all, this isn't like using the trading block option in your fantasy league. This is the NFL. And real life and stuff.

But what I want to know is -- did they use BCC? Or did they just CC everyone?

Because not only is CC awkward in that each person knows that you sent the email to everyone, but then you also have to deal with Mike Brown hitting "Reply All" for the next month and a half every time he tries to get in touch with you.

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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:00 pm

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

8Cowboys22, on July 30, 2010, Mays signed a four-year contract with the 49ers. His cap numbers by year are: 2010 $820,000 2011 $905,000 2012 $990,000 2013 $1,075,000.

So he is owed: $2,970,000 over the remaining 3 years.

I cannot however easy capture his signing bonus, likely 20% of the total that would be removed as the drafting team will retain that cost against future cap year for the duration of the contract however structured/prorated.

So realistically the new team will pay out about 2.5 million roughly against their cap over three years.

Not a bad deal if you like the potential of the player.

All this found within 3 minutes with the magic of google.

Since: Apr 14, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 9:27 am

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

100 % RIGHT posted that to the miami herald about if the fins would want him. Stick him in the middle like Bears did with Urlacher

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:56 am

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

I was a big fan of his while he was at USC,and I too thought that he would be picked by Seattle since Pete was the HC,but he passed on him. Maybe Pete thought that he was good for him at USC,but not for him in Seattle. If it was up to me, I would take a chance on him and try to have him play linebacker instead of free safety because he doesn't have the ability to cover and the range as well. Add 10-15 lbs and he'll be a "beast" at the linebacker position.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 12:18 am

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

He shouldn't be a safety, he needs a gap to cover and linebacker up. I think if he accepts playing linebacker for another team he could be really good because of his range. Playing safety he seems to be out of place.

Since: Aug 15, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:35 pm

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

Put 10lbs on him and make him an OLB.

Since: Feb 4, 2011
Posted on: August 4, 2011 9:32 pm

Taylor Mays - most athletic safety in the league

Taylor Mays is the most athletic safety in the NFL

he has no idea where he is or what he's doing when he's on the field - but he gets to the wrong place faster and bigger than anyone else

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:26 pm

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

Seems to me the risk is low for anyone to pick him up with a low draft pick. The Cowboys should be all over this except, we don't know what Taylor Mays' contract is worth and how much is guaranteed money. There isn't a lot of information here about that and  what the 49ers are asking for...maybe it would help the article.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:03 pm

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

Im no Mays fan but he is a good kid. This was very, very classles by the sorry a$$ Niners!

Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:27 pm

Niners email every NFL team to trade Taylor Mays

Taylor Mays after his Junior season was projected as a Top 10 pick.  He went back his senior season and was drafted in the second round. When the 49ers got him I thought he was a steal. It is clear to many, that the Former First team all american does not fit the Niners defensive system. Not sure why, he did start 5 games during his rookie season last year. Perhaps he camein outof shape due to the lock out?  Who knows.  What is known, is if you beg every team in the NFL to take a playe rin a mass email, your bargaining position to get something in return tends to deminish.

Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:05 pm

Niners pull foolish attempt to trade a player

I will be suprised, if Seattle doesn't pick him up.....after letting the niners twist in the wind for a while. The 49'ers GM either played the goofiest move in player transactions(causing him to get fired) or set out TRYING to get fired!
  Since he is Pete Carrolls boy since HS. He would most likly play for Seattle, if he is going to play. And seattle  will get him for nothingif they hold out a while, but nobody else in the leauge will take a passs if he is so bad that the GM would send out such a mass E-mail.

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