The San Francisco 49ers have traded safety Taylor Mays to the Cincinnati Bengals for an undisclosed draft pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The two sides part ways after what has to be considered an interesting few weeks for Mays.
The 49ers reportedly emailed every single team in the league earlier this preseason about Mays, stating that they would be more than willing to trade the young safety. The offer was met with zero interest at the time, but the incident clearly indicated that the 49ers did not plan to keep Mays around for the future.
San Francisco drafted Mays in the second round (49th overall pick) of the 2010 NFL Draft upon the urging of then-head coach Mike Singletary. Singletary has since been replaced by Jim Harbaugh, and the team apparently changed its position on Singletary's young project upon his departure.
Mays played in all 16 games last season, recording 38 tackles and deflecting two passes. The 49ers are set to receive an undisclosed draft pick from the Bengals as part of the deal.