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Size and Speed Added to Secondary via Taylor Mays

View images of new Vikings S Taylor Mays from his days as a 49er and Bengal.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. β€” The Vikings added size and speed to their secondary on Tuesday in announcing they have agreed to terms on a deal that will bring safety Taylor Mays to Minnesota.

Mays, who is listed at 6 feet, 3 inches and 225 pounds, has played the past four seasons in Cincinnati, primarily as a backup and on special teams. He is the son of former Vikings defensive tackle Stafford Mays (1987-88).

Taylor Mays was selected out of Southern Cal by San Francisco in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft and was traded to Cincinnati in August 2011.

Mays ranked fifth on the Bengals with six special teams tackles in 2014 and he blocked a punt for a safety against the Jaguars last season. He has started 10 of the 66 games he's played, recording 98 tackles on defense (71 solo) and six pass breakups. Mays had 21 tackles on special teams during his time with the Bengals.

A champion sprinter in high school in Seattle, Mays was the fastest safety at the 2010 NFL Combine, where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 seconds.

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