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April 3, 2019 08:00 PM
Taylor Mays: Will visit Seattle
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mays will work out for the Seahawks on Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Mays hasn't suited up in an NFL game since the 2015 season with the Raiders. The 31-year-old safety has connections to the Seahawks as he played for head coach Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California before being a second-round pick of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Seahawks have their starting safeties -- Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson -- so Mays would serve in a reserve role with special teams duties if he was offered a contract.

July 25, 2016 10:00 PM
Taylor Mays: Facing additional suspension
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mays is facing an addition to his four-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Nick Shook of reports.

Mays was released by the Bengals on Saturday, and it now appears that the additional suspension was the reason for his release. He played in 14 games for the Raiders last season, recording 26 tackles and five passes defensed. Despite cutting the seventh-year safety, Cincinnati hasn't ruled out bringing him back after his suspension is complete, so long as he's ready to play, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

July 23, 2016 05:56 PM
Taylor Mays: Released by Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mays was released by the Bengals on Saturday.

Mays played in 14 games for the Bengals last season, and started five games in the process. He recorded 15 tackles and five passes defended.

March 17, 2016 03:21 PM
Bengals' Taylor Mays: Signs with Bengals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mays was signed by the Bengals on Thursday, Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports.

Mays will return to Cincinnati after being released by the team last offseason. He spent last season with the Raiders, where he recorded 26 tackles in 14 games.

October 10, 2015 04:48 PM
Taylor Mays: Released on Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Safety Taylor Mays was released Saturday by the Raiders, per Field Yates of ESPN.

Mays was a non-factor in the Oakland secondary with Nate Allen and Charles Woodson playing well in their respective positions. He might be able to catch on with another team looking for depth at that position.

August 21, 2015 07:20 PM
Lions release Taylor Mays
by Shawn Krest |

The Lions released safety Taylor Mays on Friday, Mays' agent confirmed, per

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. 

July 10, 2015 10:05 AM
Lions sign Taylor Mays
by Shawn Krest |

The Lions signed safety Taylor Mays , his agent told the Detroit Free Press

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. 

July 10, 2015 10:09 AM
Vikings cut S Taylor Mays
by Marty Gitlin |

Safety Taylor Mays did not make it to training camp with the Vikings, who have cut him three months after signing him, per ESPN.

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.

June 1, 2015 03:21 PM
Report: Vikings sign S Taylor Mays
by Dave Peters |

The Vikings have signed safety Taylor Mays to a one-year contract, according to ESPN.

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.

June 1, 2015 03:29 PM
Report: S Taylor Mays to visit Vikings
by Dave Peters |

Safety Taylor Mays is set to visit the Vikings on Thursday, according to NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. The former Bengal is reportedly having dinner with the team Wednesday prior to his free agent visit.

Mays, 27, has registered 98 total tackles, one forced fumble and six passes defensed over his five-year career.

June 1, 2015 03:38 PM
Report: Redskins interested in S Taylor Mays
by Larry Hartstein |

The Redskins and free agent safety Taylor Mays are showing "mutual interest," reports Mays, 27, managed just nine tackles and a sack last year with the Bengals.

June 1, 2015 03:44 PM
Report: Mutual interest between Vikings, S Taylor Mays
by Jason Butt |

The Vikings and safety Taylor Mays have mutual interest with one another, reports The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Matt Vensel. 

The Vikings are looking for a safety to play next to Harrison Smith, though it's unknown if Mays is considered a starter by Minnesota's staff. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder played under Vikings coach Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati when Zimmer was the defensive coordinator there. 

June 1, 2015 03:44 PM
Report: Vikings reach out to Taylor Mays
by R.J. White |

The Vikings have reached out to free-agent safety Taylor Mays, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Mays played for new Vikings coach Mike Zimmer in Cincinnati. He could mix in as a third safety behind Harrison Smith and Robert Blanton if he were to re-unite with Zimmer.

June 2, 2015 05:26 AM
Bengals battered up heading into New Orleans
by Marty Gitlin |

The ruled out statuses of running back Giovani Bernard (hip/clavicle) and linebacker Vontaze Burfict (knee) headline the injury report submitted Friday by the Bengals for their Sunday game. But other Bengals are banged up as well.

Included is offensive tackle Andre Smith (ankle), who is doubtful. The questionables are linebacker Rey Maualuga (hamstring), who practiced in full Friday, and cornerback Terence Newman (knee), who has been out all week.

The probables are tight end Jermaine Gresham (thigh), cornerback Leon Hall (concussion), safety Taylor Mays (foot) and offensive lineman Mike Pollak (knee).

June 1, 2015 10:07 PM
Taylor Mays returns to Cincinnati
by Chris Towers | Fantasy Writer

The Bengals re-signed defensive back Taylor Mays Tuesday, according to NFL Insider Jason La Canfora. Financial details of the move are not yet known. 

Mays finished the 2013 season with 19 tackles and one fumble recover in eight games. 

June 2, 2015 05:18 PM
Bengals release lengthy injury report
by Larry Hartstein |

Five Bengals are listed as questionable for Thursday's game at Miami: linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring), running back Rex Burkhead (hamstring), defensive end Wallace Gilberry (groin), receiver Mohamed Sanu (shoulder) and left tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee). 

The Bengals ruled out four players: cornerback Leon Hall (Achilles), safety Taylor Mays (shoulder), defensive tackle Devon Still (elbow) and linebacker Rey Maualuga (concussion, knee).

June 2, 2015 05:17 PM
Taylor Mays lands on IR with shoulder injury
by Marty Gitlin |

A shoulder injury has sent Bengals safety Taylor Mays to IR, per ESPN. Mays sustained the injury in the victory Sunday against the Jets.

Mays started just one game this season, but was a frequent contributor in nickel and dime packages.

June 2, 2015 05:16 PM
Taylor Mays ruled out Week 9
by Larry Hartstein |

Bengals safety Taylor Mays, who hurt his right shoulder in the win over the Jets, has been ruled out of Thursday's game at Miami, reports 

June 2, 2015 05:22 PM
Taylor Mays sidelined for game with shoulder injury
by Marty Gitlin |

Bengals safety Taylor Mays sustained a shoulder injury on the last play of the first half against the Jets and will not return.

June 2, 2015 06:59 PM
Taylor Mays getting shot at linebacker
by Marty Gitlin |

Taylor Mays is a safety who plays like a linebacker. Now he's getting a chance to actually play linebacker for the Bengals, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

A season-ending shoulder injury to linebacker Emmanuel Lamur has forced Mays to take snaps at that position in practice in nickel and dime packages. And he's certainly not complaining about it.

"I've been picking it up quick," Mays said. "I feel good about it. Some stuff you have to learn on the field but I have to get it done."

The Bengals have only five healthy linebackers for their opener in Chicago.


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