Mays is a six-year veteran who has played for several teams. "You know, it's just kind of one of those things where everybody's got to perform. He gave it his best," coach Jim Caldwell said.
Mays has played the last four seasons with Cincinnati, primarily on special teams. He'll compete for time at safety as well as on special teams.
The Lions have one open roster spot remaining.
Mays worked with the backups during OTAs and was let go Tuesday, the first day of mandatory minicamp.
His inability to stick is a bit surprising given the fact that he has played extensively for San Francisco and Cincinnati over the first five years of his career.
Mays spent his first season with the 49ers before joining the Bengals for four years. The 27-year-old has registered 98 total tackles, one sack, six passes defensed and one forced fumble during his time in the NFL.
Mays, 27, has registered 98 total tackles, one forced fumble and six passes defensed over his five-year career.
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