Will historical past repeat itself?
Marcus Maye, one other proficient and sad homegrown Jets security, isn’t ruling it out.
He noticed good good friend and former teammate Jamal Adams get his want after the Jets declined to pay him what he felt he was value, and although Maye stated 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 bought 17 weeks to be one of the best that I might be — and as soon as we get to that time [next offseason], we’ll cross that line once more,” he stated, when requested about the potential for requesting a commerce.
For now, Maye is a Jet and can play beneath the $10.612 million franchise tag this season after his agent and the staff couldn’t come to an settlement on a long-term contract. Maye will do his finest to compartmentalize. To separate what occurred off the sphere with what he hopes can occur this yr on the sphere. To separate his disappointment with the Jets failing to fulfill his contract extension requests and serving to the staff put final yr’s disastrous two-win marketing campaign behind it.
“My strategy is all the time the identical: Exit and be one of the best, play to my capability, do what I do properly, and on the finish of the day, go away it as much as them,” the fifth-year security stated on Saturday after observe. “I simply love taking part in soccer. I’ve been doing it since I used to be a child. When you recover from the enterprise side of it, you possibly can’t allow them to take your pleasure.”
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 finest to not present that displeasure Saturday. He repeatedly talked about his focus being on the sphere and spoke glowingly of latest 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 stated, “someplace within the center.”
“However from my finish, I wasn’t completely satisfied and I wasn’t happy,” he stated.
Maye added he by no means felt the 2 sides have been shut sufficient to the purpose at which a deal appeared imminent although common supervisor Joe Douglas stated in Could it was a “precedence” to return to phrases on a brand new deal.
Final season was by far Maye’s finest. 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 finest security within the league out of 94 and was fourth in protection, in accordance with Professional Soccer Focus. The 28-year-old defensive again performed everywhere in the discipline a yr in the past, seeing time at free security, within the field, within the slot, on the defensive position and out vast.
He has seen different safeties who’re just like him in capability — comparable to Justin Simmons with the Broncos, Budda Baker with the Cardinals and Eddie Jackson with the Bears — get massive offers. These three obtained 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 number of nice guys on this league, and I really feel like I’m proper there with all of them,” Maye stated.
Maye stated he nonetheless talks to Adams incessantly, principally about life and never essentially about soccer. They’ve mentioned their very own contract points — Adams desires 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 simply advised me to deal with my enterprise like all the time,” Maye stated. “Since Day 1, we’ve been by means of a number of issues collectively. We talked about his state of affairs, we talked about my state of affairs. Hope for one of the best for one another and that’s it.”
Maye downplayed the notion he has something to show this yr, to the Jets or the remainder of the league. Maye stated he feels he has proven sufficient in his profession to warrant the form of deal he’s in search of. However that doesn’t imply he’s plotting his exit from the Jets, both. At the least not but.
“I used to be drafted right here,” he stated, “so I’d like to be right here.”