Earlier this month, reports surfaced that the 49ers were attempting to trade Mays, who was the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
A Seattle native, 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 Falcons.
Mays started training camp as a third-string safety, and then came the news the 49ers were seeking to trade him. He played often in the preseason opener in New Orleans and then not at all Saturday night at Candlestick against the Raiders. It’s possible the 49ers did not want to risk an injury before consummating the deal with Cincinnati.
When 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio mentioned safeties Monday, he never said a word about Mays, basically sealing the deal that he was about to be dealt somewhere.