Last week 49ers general manager Trent Baalke apparently emailed all of the other 31 NFL teams seeing what kind of return they would get for safety Taylor Mays in a trade. With nine safeties at training camp the 49ers are looking to trade at least Mays and possibly another safety. Sending a mass email to all NFL teams is seen rarely in the NFL. The 49ers might be losing leverage by shopping Mays to all possible suitors but this shows their desperation to get rid of Mays. Another indication is Baalke has signed two free agent safeties and re-signed Dashon Goldson this week.
Mays slipped to the second-round in the 2010 draft while being rejected by Peter Carroll, his former college coach at USC, in the first-round who is now head coach of the Seahawks. When the 49ers selected with the 49th pick there was disagreement between Baalke and then head coach Mike Singletary on who to pick. Singletary wanted Mays while Baalke wanted to go a different direction. The pick was largely Singletary’s project which barely got started as he was fired before the season ended.
Mays is a hard hitting safety with speed and is built like a linebacker. One team that might want to trade for Mays is the Vikings who hired Singletary as their linebackers coach. Singletary could continue his project in Minnesota but maybe this time he can try Mays at linebacker. Mays is only entering his second-year in the NFL and has potential but he was inconsistent in the six games he started last season for the 49ers. The 49ers will not get much in return for Mays but with Baalke upgrading the safety position tremendously the 49ers need starters, not projects.