Almost every one was guilty last week of jumping to the Taylor Mays signing news, including us on Men in Stripes and Stripe Hype.
Rand Getlin of the NFL Network had reported:
However, early this week, Geoff Hobson wrote in an article:
"The Bengals arrived here without much bubbling in free agency. They’ve had good talks with nickel backer Taylor Mays in an effort to re-sign him this week."
The Bengals have yet to officially sign or fully agree to terms with the nickle backer. The Bengals and Taylor Mays both have not confirmed a signing and by Geoff Hobson’s latest on the issue, still have not agreed fully to the terms of a deal.
The Bengals still need depth in the secondary and at linebacker, but it seems like Taylor Mays is still not a definite to rejoin the Bengals, although it seems like talks were headed in the right direction. Even if he does join the Bengals, he is suspended for the first four games, which means his purpose to fill in depth while other pieces are missing, is pointless.
Taylor Mays had a mediocre first stint in Cincinnati and will most likely be on the bubble from day one of training camp for the 53-man roster. If the Bengals can sign him for the right price, his depth, especially late in the season, would be welcome. The Bengals just shouldn’t risk a chunk of cap space if it doesn’t work out.