Lions safety Taylor Mays, receiver Jarred Haggins both released

A day after not playing in the Lions pre-season loss against the Washington Redskins, Lions safety Taylor Mays asked for his release. It seems as though the team has obliged. Mays was not present at practice on Friday, and according to a report, “it doesn’t Mays will be a Lion for much longer.”

In the report, head coach Jim Caldwell said of Mays: “You know, it’s just kind of one of those things where everybody’s got to perform. He gave it his best.”

When Mays came out of college in 2010, he had a 4.43 second 40 yard dash, the fastest of any safety that year. Selected in the second round of that draft by the San Francisco 49ers, it appeared that the future would be bright for Mays. After being traded to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2011, and starting just four games over the last four years, he was allowed to leave Cincinnati.

He was brought in by the Lions this off-season to provide depth to the Lions safety corps, but behind the competence of James IhedigboGlover QuinIsa Abdul-Quddus, and Don Carey, it no longer appears necessary for Mays to be in Detroit.

Undrafted free agent Jarred Haggins has also been released by Detroit according to his Twitter account.

Considered an extreme long shot to make the team, Haggins had a very quiet off-season and pre-season with the Lions. While neither move has officially been announced by the team yet, those announcements are expected today.

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