Marcus Maye desires extra, and you can also make a superb argument that he deserves extra.
Above all, Maye desires to win. He, too, desires long-term monetary safety.
Maye’s efficiency on the sector — he’s the longest-tenured participant on the roster in his fifth season because the Jets’ beginning security — has warranted each.
The query, although, is that if he’ll ever obtain each (or both) whereas with the Jets.
It’s a good query contemplating the truth that crew administration low-balled Maye throughout offseason contract negotiations (leaving him and not using a long-term deal and taking part in on a franchise tag for 2021) and since the title “babysitter’’ would possibly as nicely be printed on his enterprise card proper subsequent to “beginning security.’’
Maye, who can be taking part in this yr for his third totally different Jets teaching workers, is the lone veteran presence with any expertise in a secondary that’s suffering from rookies and riddled with uncertainty.
He was clearly dismayed when the Jets reduce cornerback Bless Austin, a projected starter for the second consecutive season, on Wednesday.
“It was stunning for me,’’ Maye stated after apply Thursday. “I didn’t see it coming in any respect. I don’t suppose anyone did. It was powerful. He’s been a starter for us. So, I assume we’ve simply acquired to determine what’s subsequent now.’’
What’s subsequent are a gaggle of neophyte cornerbacks, Javelin Guidry (23 years outdated, 11 NFL video games, two begins) and 4 rookies — Brandin Echols (23 years outdated), Jason Pinnock (22), Michael Carter II (22) and Isaiah Dunn (24) — who will battle it out subsequent week for the beginning spot reverse Bryce Corridor, who’s 23 and has performed in simply eight NFL video games.
Maye stated he “typically’’ thinks concerning the reality he’s a longest-tenured participant on the roster at age 28 “and it does really feel bizarre solely being right here 5 years.’’
“However I’ve acquired to return in and regulate, study a brand new approach, study on the fly, and that’s what I’ve been doing,’’ he stated.
This can be a difficult time for Maye, who’s in win-now mode after having misplaced for the previous 4 seasons, and but head coach Robert Saleh and normal supervisor Joe Douglas spent a lot of Wednesday making an attempt to decrease followers’ expectations for this season, based mostly on the youth of the crew.
The newest oft-used buzzword is “growth,’’ which seems like a symbolic elevating of a white flag on the season.
When Maye was requested about that sensitive dynamic, he supplied a reasonably damning (however true) evaluation of the crew in his 4 years in inexperienced.
“It’s type of been like that since I’ve been right here — annually studying to adapt to what’s new,’’ he stated. “You may’t sit right here and fear about what yr guys are in, what number of years they’ve been taking part in. We’ve all acquired to discover a strategy to get on the identical web page as quick as potential so we are able to exit and win video games.’’
Maye’s 2021 season hasn’t begun but and he already has lived by the frustration of not being supplied a good contract within the offseason regardless of Douglas publicly saying that locking him up long run was a precedence.
The Jets reportedly supplied Maye not more than about $9 million a yr, which is almost half the worth prime NFL safeties are being paid. As soon as the July deadline for signing extensions handed and nothing was performed, Maye agreed to play for the $10,612,000 franchise tag in 2021.
“As soon as that was over with it was about placing it to the facet and getting again to fundamentals, getting again to taking part in soccer, studying new coaches, new teammates, new scheme,’’ Maye stated. “When you get on the grass, you don’t fear about anything different than simply making an attempt to get higher.’’
Nonetheless, Maye has sat quietly and watched Jamal Adams, his former Jets teammate who’s now with Seattle, lately turn into the league’s highest-paid security, with a $17.5 million common and $38 million assured. The Vikings’ Harrison Smith signed a deal that pays him $16 million on common with $26.5 million assured.
“I see them once they come to my cellphone,’’ Maye stated when requested if he has paid consideration to the market. “However I let my agent do all that stuff.’’
Is he hopeful that he’ll get his cash and safety?
“Someday,’’ Maye stated wistfully.
Saleh, on Thursday, stated he has a “a variety of respect’’ for Maye placing his head down and dealing with out criticism regardless of not getting the contract he needed “as a result of I’m positive he desires extra.’’
“However the best problem to all folks is whether or not or not they will compartmentalize between the stuff you’ve acquired management of and the issues you don’t,’’ Saleh stated. “What he’s acquired management over is dominating the yr 2021 on the soccer subject and letting his contract handle itself in ’22.
“The truth that he’s been ready to try this, put the work that he’s put in, there’s little question he’s going to kick butt.’’