S Taylor Mays asks for release, Lions grant wish
Allen Park — Upset after being a healthy scratch in Thursday's exhibition, Lions safety Taylor Mays requested and was granted his release by the team Friday.
A second-round pick by San Francisco in 2010, Mays joined the Lions in June and will now look to join the fifth team of his career and third of the 2015 offseason after spending a few months with Minnesota earlier this year.
During training camp, Mays was mostly unimpressive, and he faced long odds to make the team regardless. Starting safeties Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo are secure in their jobs, backup Isa Abdul-Quddus is one of the Lions' top special teams player and Don Carey is a favorite of the coaches for his versatility and leadership.
The Lions also cut undrafted rookie receiver Jarred Haggins. Coach Jim Caldwell praised Haggins' hands last week, saying he didn't drop a pass all spring, but Haggins wrote of his unfortunate news on Twitter late Friday afternoon.
The Lions will be down to 87 players after the two transactions become official. They must trim the roster to 75 by Sept. 1.