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In their quest to find under-the-radar contributors for 2015, the Lions are signing safety Taylor Mays.

Mays, whose deal with the Lions was first reported by ESPN Saturday morning, was a second-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2010, but has yet to live up to his potential and will have to beat out some tough competition to make the Lions roster.

As a rookie, Mays played 16 games and started six, but the 49ers traded him to the Cincinnati Bengals for a seventh-round pick in 2013. During the past four seasons, Mays played in 50 games, but started just four for the Bengals.

The Minnesota Vikings signed Mays in March, but they cut him on Tuesday. The Lions had two open roster spots after waiving cornerback Bill Bentley, who failed a physical, and rookie running back Rasheed Williams.

Mays, 27, is 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds and has experience playing both safety spots. The Lions have starters Glover Quin and James Ihedigbo returning. Isa Abdul-Quddus and Don Carey will likely make the roster at safety, too, but Mays could make the team if he impresses on special teams.

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