49ers trade Mays to Bengals for draft pick

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49ers trade Mays to Bengals for draft pick

Aug. 22, 2011MAIOCCO ARCHIVE
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Taylor Mays was on the practice field Monday afternoon for the final time with the 49ers.Several hours later, the 49ers dealt Mays to the Cincinnati Bengals for an undisclosed draft choice, ESPN reported. Mays becomes the third player the Bengals acquired this offseason from the 49ers. The Bengals signed cornerback Nate Clements and outside linebacker Manny Lawson in free-agency.It has been clear for more than two weeks that Mays did not figure into the 49ers' plans this season.The 49ers on Aug. 4 sent an email to the other 31 NFL teams, announcing that Mays was available in a trade after the club reached a contract agreement with veteran safety Donte Whitner. Coincidentally, Whitner has agreed to terms with the Bengals before changing his mind and singing with the 49ers.
He played only the final series on defense of the 49ers' exhibition game on Saturday night agains the Raiders. On Monday, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio did not mention Mays' name when he noted, "We feel like we've got five safeties there that can play in the NFL."Whitner, Dashon Goldson,Reggie Smith, Madieu Williams and C.J. Spillman ranked ahead of Mays on the 49ers' depth chart.Mays was the No. 49 overall pick in the draft last year. Then-coach Mike Singletary was Mays' biggest advocate in the organization. Mays was one of the most-discussed athletes at the NFL scouting combine in 2010.At 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, the former USC player was initially clocked at a blazing 4.24 seconds in the 40-yard dash. An adjustment was made to the time, officially giving him a controversial time of 4.43 seconds.While with the 49ers, Mays' straight-line speed was never questions. However, coaches did not believe he had the ability to change direction effectively to put himself in position to make plays against NFL receivers.Mays started six games as a rookie after veteran safety Michael Lewis quit the team. But his play time diminished significant week after week until the 49ers opted to start Reggie Smith for the final seven games of the season.Mays best play came in his first start -- but it was on special teams. He recovered a punt blocked by teammate Dominique Zeigler in the end zone and got both feet in-bounds for a touchdowns against the Atlanta Falcons.

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."