The Vikings were reportedly in on both Devin McCourty and Rahim Moore to some extent, but ultimately missed out on both free agents.
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After whiffing on those two attempts to sign a safety the Vikings have now turned their attention to Plan C. And his name is Taylor Mays.
The Vikings’ interest in Mays was reported at the start of free agency but nothing apparently happened between the team and him until today.
According to reports, Mays is currently in Minneapolis and will have dinner tonight with Vikings brass to discuss his possible future in purple. A formal free agent visit will happen tomorrow.
Advice to Steve LaCroix: When you’re giving Mays the Stadium Preview Center tour, avoid insulting any current players by pointing to their picture and saying “We got a spot for you!” followed by a Beavis and Butthead giggle.
The 27-year-old Mays was drafted in the second round out of USC in 2010 (he was actually mocked to the Vikings by a lot of people but they went with Chris Cook instead), but only lasted two years with his original team the 49ers before moving on to Cincinnati.
Mays worked with Mike Zimmer on the Bengals but despite great size for a safety and undeniable physical talent period, failed to develop into a starter.
Is there any reason to believe that after all these years the light will suddenly click on for Taylor Mays and he’ll become a legit NFL starting safety?
You can talk about Mike Zimmer all you want but Zimmer already had one crack at Mays and couldn’t make him into a starting-level player.
Obviously Zimmer would like one more try at working with Mays. After letting Michael Johnson get out of town, the Vikings will take a crack at holding on to another former Zimmer protege.
The Vikings also reportedly visited with Terence Newman and we await word on whether he will sign. Newman visited the Patriots after the Vikings but New England went with Bradley Fletcher instead.
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