According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the 49ers sent a mass email to other clubs stating their intention to trade second-year safety Taylor Mays.
Selected with the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the three-time first-team All-American from USC started six of 16 games as a rookie, totaling 38 tackles and scoring one touchdown after recovering a blocked punt against the Atlanta Falcons.
The 49ers changed head coaches during Mays’ first season, and first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh replaced defensive coordinator Greg Manusky with former Stanford coordinator Vic Fangio. It’s possible that Fangio isn’t as high on Mays as Singletary and Manusky were, and the 49ers want to go in a different direction.
Veteran safety Madieu Williams was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract and the team is actively trying to re-sign veteran safety Dashon Goldson.
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Mays was signed to a four-year, $3.91 million contract that included $2.075 million in guaranteed money.