Situation between star safety Marcus Maye, New York Jets ‘not in a good place’

Franchise-tagged safety Marcus Maye and the New York Jets are facing a Thursday deadline to get a contract extension in place ahead of the start of the 2021 NFL season.

Maye, 28, is set to earn $10.61 million in 2021 after signing the franchise tag tender this past spring. A former second-round pick of the Jets from Florida, he’s morphed into one of the better all-around safeties in the NFL. Last season alone, Maye recorded 88 tackles, 11 passes defended, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Apparently, things are not going great between Marcus Maye and the Jets. According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets have not responded to the latest offer from Maye’s camp. In turn, said offer has been pulled from the table.

Rapoport expanded on this by indicating that the situation between Maye and New York “really isn’t in a good place.”

“Rapoport added that negotiations went south weeks before the franchise tag deadline when the Jets offered Maye a deal that had an average per year of about 20 percent below even the tag amount for 2021, per a source,” NFL Media noted on Tuesday. “Maye turned down the Jets offer and had significantly more in APY and guarantees from multiple teams heading into free agency. New York then tagged the safety, keeping him from cashing in.”

Roughly 20% lower than the $10.61 million franchise tag value would come in at $8.5 million. This number would rank 17th among NFL safeties. Talk about a slap in the face.

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New York Jets options with Marcus Maye

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Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes against New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
  • New York could simply opt to have Maye play out the 2021 season under the franchise tag and let him walk as a free agent next March. The team is currently a league-high $35.33 million under the 2021 NFL salary cap.
  • There’s also a chance that New York allows Marcus Maye to play out the 2021 season and place the franchise tag on him again next March with the expectation of either signing him to an extension or trading him.
  • Less likely is the possibility that New York just cuts its losses and trades Maye ahead of Week 1. He’d still have a pretty solid market given his abilities. New York recently signed fellow veteran safety Lamarcus Joyner, who could act as a stopgap option.
  • Then again, it might behoove the Jets to simply bite the bullet and up their offer ahead of Thursday’s extension deadline. Right now, that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

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