49ers trade Mays to Bengals for draft pick

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49ers trade Mays to Bengals for draft pick

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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.

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.