Even though it was announced by media outlets 5 days ago, the Bengals have officially announced the re-signing of Taylor Mays on twitter today.
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) March 17, 2014
The deal is a one year contract with no money disclosed by the team at this point. The Bengals safety has been reported by Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com as potentially getting used in a hybrid linebacker/safety role as well:
Mays listed as SS, but says getting used to LB. More soon on http://t.co/QC4Pr4ns4M
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) March 17, 2014
Mays only played in 8 games for the Bengals last year accruing 19 tackles, 3 pass deflections, and 1 fumble recovery. He was on pace to have a better year in 2013 until a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
If Mays does get moved into a hybrid linebacker’s role, the team may benefit from his speed to disrupt passes in the middle of the field, and help be more efficient against 4 or 5 wide receiver sets. The Bengals could use the depth at both positions, something Mays can bring if he is healthy.