TUESDAY, 4:37pm: Mays will be suspended for an additional four games, giving him an eight-game ban in total, Howard Balzer of USA Today tweets.
MONDAY, 3:42pm: The Bengals signed safety Taylor Mays this spring knowing that he would be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season due to a substance-abuse policy violation. Over the weekend, Cincinnati cut Mays before he could even suit up for training camp. The move was a head-scratcher for some, but it makes a lot more sense now. The Bengals dropped Mays because he is facing another drug suspension on top of his original four-game ban, according to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter).
The Bengals were counting on Mays to help support starters George Iloka and Shawn Williams at safety. Now that he’s out of the picture, the Bengals currently have a seventh-round rookie, a sixth-round 2015 pick, and a ’15 UDFA in reserve at the position, as Roster Resource details.
Despite the headaches Mays has caused, the Bengals have not ruled out giving hm another shot if he is ready to play football after his suspensions are served, Rapoport hears (Twitter link).
Mays bounced all around the NFL last year and was yo-yo’ed on and off of the Raiders’ roster multiple times. The 28-year-old recorded 23 tackles and 5 passes defensed in his 14 Raiders games. Mays, entering his seventh-year in the NFL, was selected in the second round of the 2010 draft by the 49ers. Needless to say, the USC product has not exactly fulfilled his expectations.
For his career, Mays has appeared in 80 games and made 15 starts. In total, he has 107 tackles, 1 sack, 2 fumble recoveries, and 11 passes defended to his credit.
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