The Cincinnati Bengals traded an undisclosed draft choice to the San Francisco 49'ers for safety Taylor Mays. The Bengals have been trying to shore up the safety position that struggled against both the pass and run last season. Both Chinedum Ndukwe and Roy Williams were allowed to leave via free agency and the team drafted West Virginia's Robert Sands. The Bengals had reached a verbal agreement with former Buffalo Bill Donte Whitner before Whitner balked at the last minute and signed with San Francisco. Ironically, it was Whitner's signing with the Niners that made Mays expendable.
Mays was a second round draft choice out of USC by the Niners in 2010. San Francisco gave Mays an opportunity to start, but his pass defense never progressed to allow him to secure the position. He recorded 38 tackles for San Francisco last season. Mays joins Manny Lawson as 49'ers defenders who have come to Cincinnati this season. Mays will compete with veterans Chris Crocker and Gibril Wilson for playing time at strong safety. Both are coming off of injuries which sidelined them last season.
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