Jets hope Marcus Maye doesn’t go way of Jamal Adams

Will historical past repeat itself?

Marcus Maye, one other gifted and sad homegrown Jets security, isn’t ruling it out.

He noticed good buddy and former teammate Jamal Adams get his want after the Jets declined to pay him what he felt he was value, and although Maye mentioned he want to stick with the Jets for the foreseeable future, he didn’t rule out taking a web page from Adams’ playbook.

“I’ve got 17 weeks to be the best that I can be — and once we get to that point [next offseason], we’ll cross that line again,” he mentioned, when requested in regards to the chance of requesting a commerce.

For now, Maye is a Jet and can play underneath the $10.612 million franchise tag this season after his agent and the workforce couldn’t come to an agreement on a long-term contract. Maye will do his greatest to compartmentalize. To separate what occurred off the sphere with what he hopes can occur this 12 months on the sphere. To separate his disappointment with the Jets failing to fulfill his contract extension requests and serving to the workforce put final 12 months’s disastrous two-win marketing campaign behind it.

"Once you get over the business part of it, you can't let them take your joy," said Marcus Maye, who is playing this year under the franchise tag.
“Once you get over the business aspect of it, you can’t let them take your joy,” mentioned Marcus Maye, who’s taking part in this 12 months underneath the franchise tag.
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“My approach is always the same: Go out and be the best, play to my ability, do what I do well, and at the end of the day, leave it up to them,” the fifth-year security mentioned on Saturday after follow. “I just love playing football. I’ve been doing it since I was a kid. Once you get over the business aspect of it, you can’t let them take your joy.”

It’s clear Maye was not happy with the Jets’ makes an attempt to ink him to a long-term contract, though he did his greatest to not present that displeasure Saturday. He repeatedly talked about his focus being on the sphere and spoke glowingly of new head coach Robert Saleh and rookie quarterback Zach Wilson. When requested if he felt the Jets handled him pretty or unfairly in negotiations, nevertheless, Maye mentioned, “somewhere in the middle.”

“But from my end, I wasn’t happy and I wasn’t satisfied,” he mentioned.

Maye added he by no means felt the 2 sides had been shut sufficient to the purpose at which a deal appeared imminent although basic supervisor Joe Douglas mentioned in May it was a “priority” to return to phrases on a brand new deal.

Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams in 2019.
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Last season was by far Maye’s greatest. He began all 16 video games, shedding the injury-prone label, and was second on the Jets with 88 tackles, added two interceptions, 11 passes defensed, two compelled fumbles, a fumble restoration, 4 tackles for a loss, two sacks and two quarterback hits. He was graded out because the fifth greatest security within the league out of 94 and was fourth in protection, in accordance with Pro Football Focus. The 28-year-old defensive again performed everywhere in the area a 12 months in the past, seeing time at free security, within the field, within the slot, on the defensive position and out huge.

He has seen different safeties who’re much like him in potential — similar to Justin Simmons with the Broncos, Budda Baker with the Cardinals and Eddie Jackson with the Bears — get large offers. Those three acquired between $14.6 million and $15.25 million in common annual worth and between $33 million and $35 million in assured cash.

“There are a lot of great guys in this league, and I feel like I’m right there with all of them,” Maye mentioned.

Maye mentioned he nonetheless talks to Adams often, largely about life and never essentially about soccer. They have mentioned their very own contract points — Adams needs a long-term deal from the Seahawks — and Maye noticed first-hand how ugly a contract dispute can get when it’s performed out publicly. He hasn’t acted out like Adams did with the Jets.

“He just told me to handle my business like always,” Maye mentioned. “Since Day 1, we’ve been through a lot of things together. We talked about his situation, we talked about my situation. Hope for the best for each other and that’s it.”

Maye downplayed the notion he has something to show this 12 months, to the Jets or the remainder of the league. Maye mentioned he feels he has proven sufficient in his profession to warrant the type of deal he’s on the lookout for. But that doesn’t imply he’s plotting his exit from the Jets, both. At least not but.

“I was drafted here,” he mentioned, “so I would love to be here.”

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