Late Tuesday evening the Cincinnati Bengals announced, they’ve reached an agreement with safety Taylor Mays. Though the details of the contract are unclear at the moment, this move falls right in line with everything Cincinnati has done this off-season. The front office has chosen to keep most of the pieces they have in place, and fills some holes without making free agent headlines or over paying anyone. The Bengals have managed to do just that, bringing back multiple guys from last year’s roster, including now Taylor Mays.
Mays, the free safety out of USC, was sidelined midway through the 2013 season. Just as he started to become more comfortable in his new “hybrid” role on the Bengals’ defense. Mays is more comfortable in the secondary, but Cincinnati’s coaching staff feels he gives them versatility as a walk-down safety/linebacker. Because of his combination of speed and strength, the fifth year defensive back is most useful to the Bengals defending against the underneath routes and helping in the run game as a fourth linebacker. If new defensive coordinator Paul Guenther does choose Taylor Mays to replace Chris Crocker as Cincinnati’s starting free safety, as expected, we will more than likely see him be more of an Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu type of weapon for the Cincinnati Bengals.