The Vikings have kept tabs on free-agent safety Taylor Mays since the start of free agency. Now they are bringing Mays, yet another of head coach Mike Zimmer’s former Bengals, in for a visit.
Mays will be in town tonight for dinner with team officials and will visit Winter Park tomorrow, a league source confirmed. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network first reported that Mays will visit.
I wrote about Mays a couple weeks ago when the Vikings first expressed interest. A second-round pick of the 49ers in 2010, Mays joined the Bengals in 2011 and played 50 games for them, mostly as a backup. Mays played a significant role as a sub-package defender when Zimmer was with the Bengals. But with Zimmer in Minnesota in 2014, Mays had a reduced role on the Cincinnati defense.
In five NFL seasons with two teams, Mays made 98 tackles, recorded one sack and forced one fumble. The 27-year-old has broken up six passes and has yet to record an interception in the NFL.
Mays will become the third former Bengals defender to visit the Twin Cities in the past week.
Free-agent defensive end Michael Johnson was in town over the weekend, but he rejoined the Bengals instead of reuniting with Zimmer with the Vikings. Veteran cornerback Terence Newman visited the Vikings on Monday and has yet to choose his team for the 2015 season.