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Taylor Mays | Defensive Back | #20

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 236
College: USC
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 2 (49) / SF
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The Bengals released S Taylor Mays over the weekend after they discovered he is facing an additional four-game suspension.
It's "additional" because Mays was already suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season. He's now suspended for eight games. Mays' bans all stem from violations of the league's substance abuse policy. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Bengals have not ruled out re-signing Mays once the bans are up. Jul 25 - 4:45 PM

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Bengals released S Taylor Mays.

Mays signed with the Bengals early in free agency, but failed to make it to training camp. He's suspended the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Mays won't count against the Week 1 roster if he lands with another team.
Jul 23 - 5:55 PM

Bengals signed S Taylor Mays, formerly of the Raiders, to a one-year contract.

It's a bit surprising the Bengals are making the move now, as Mays is suspended the first four games of the 2016 season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Mays revived his career a bit with the Raiders last season, starting five games and playing 322 snaps. Mays could feature in sub-packages after the Bengals lost Emmanuel Lamur to the Vikings. We still wouldn't consider it a given that he cracks the 53-man roster.
Mar 17 - 2:27 PM

The Bengals are in talks with free agent S Taylor Mays.

Mays is expected to sign despite his four-game suspension. With the Bengals losing Emmanuel Lamur to Minnesota, he’ll be an option at nickel linebacker.
Source: Bengals.com
Mar 16 - 7:42 PM

NFL suspended free agent S Taylor Mays four games.

He's violated the substance-abuse policy. Mays was already in danger of falling out of the league. This might just about do it for the 2010 second-rounder.
Mar 14 - 5:10 PM

Raiders re-signed S Taylor Mays.

Mays has been yo-yoing on and off the 53-man roster. His latest stay may last only a week or two.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Raiders released S Taylor Mays.

It's the second time Mays has been cut by the Raiders. Mays saw 33 snaps in a Week 2 sub-package role, but hasn't played since. Tevin McDonald replaced Mays on the active roster.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 04:54:00 PM

Raiders re-signed S Taylor Mays.

Mays also had an offer from the Seahawks. With the Raiders hurting at safety -- Nate Allen (knee) and Charles Woodson (shoulder) -- Oakland needs him.
Mon, Sep 14, 2015 08:04:00 PM

Raiders released S Taylor Mays.

It's the third time Mays has been released after getting cut by the Vikings and Lions. Mays could have to wait until after Week 1 to draw any interest, when veteran salaries aren't guaranteed.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 07:33:00 PM

Raiders signed S Taylor Mays.

It's Mays' third team of the offseason after already being released by the Vikings and Lions since June. He rejoins Raiders DC Ken Norton, who coached Mays in college at USC. Mays will have to earn his keep on special teams.
Tue, Aug 25, 2015 09:59:00 PM

Lions released S Taylor Mays.

Mays reportedly asked for his release after not playing in Thursday's preseason game. The Lions are the second team to release him. Mays was signed for the veteran minimum and should resurface as a backup/sub-package safety.
Fri, Aug 21, 2015 05:09:00 PM

Lions signed S Taylor Mays.

A second-round pick in 2010, Mays has not played more than 440 snaps in any season and only managed 61 plays for the Bengals last year. Still just 27, Mays will hope to stick on the Lions' roster as a backup safety and special teamer.
Sat, Jun 20, 2015 08:54:00 AM

Vikings released S Taylor Mays.

Mays lasts just three months with the Vikings even though their head coach is Mays' former Cincy friend, Mike Zimmer. He should draw some interest around the league as versatile backup safety/linebacker who can help on special teams and is still just 27 years old.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 10:19:00 AM

Vikings agreed to terms with S Taylor Mays, formerly of the Bengals, on a one-year contract.

Mays played just 61 snaps on defense for the Bengals last season, but will be reuniting with ex-Cincy DC Mike Zimmer. Mays played over 200 snaps for Zimmer in both 2012 and 2013. He'll be a sub-package option and special teamer in Minnesota.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 05:11:00 PM

Free agent S Taylor Mays left his visit with the Vikings without a contract.

Mays has interest from teams as a sub-package safety/linebacker, but could have to settle for a minimum deal coming off shoulder surgery. The Bengals and Washington have also been linked to Mays.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 02:39:00 PM

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