S Marcus Maye Drawing Interest; Titans Visit On Tap

The 2024 free agent class features a number of veteran safeties released by their respective teams in the lead-in to the new league year. Marcus Maye is among them, but he could soon have a new home.

Maye is on the radar of “several” suitors, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports. She adds the former Jets and Saints starter has a visit with the Titans scheduled for Monday. Tennessee’s only free agent move in the secondary to date is the addition of cornerback Chidobe Awuzie.

Kevin Byard occupied a starting safety role throughout his tenure in Nashville, but as part of the team’s efforts to move on from veteran contracts, he was dealt to the Eagles at the trade deadline. Byard became a free agent due to Philadelphia’s decision to release him, but he joined the Bears just before the start of the negotiating window. Maye did not reach the open market until the league year began, but he is now free to speak with interested teams.

The 31-year-old was informed at the end of February that he would be cut by New Orleans. The move was initially expected to occur with a post-June 1 designation given the financial benefits of doing so. However, teams are permitted to use that designation on only two players, and the Saints (in their latest round of salary cap gymnastics) did so with wideout Michael Thomas and quarterback Jameis Winston. Maye was therefore let go one day before free agency opened, but in any event he will provide his next team with a starting-caliber option.

The former second-rounder has started all 77 of his career games, but missed time through injury and suspension was a factor in his Saints tenure in particular. Maye was absent for 17 contests during his two-year run with New Orleans, and he posted only two interceptions and four pass deflections during that span. His next contract will no doubt check in at a lower figure than the three-year, $22.5MM contract he received from the Saints in 2022. If healthy, though, the Florida alum could prove to be an effective pickup for Tennessee or another team.

The Titans ranked 18th in the league against the pass last season, and their six interceptions were the fewest in the NFL. Adding playmaking on the backend via free agency or the draft would go a long way in helping the team rebound in the secondary under new defensive coordinator Dennard Wilson. It will be worth watching to see how Maye’s Titans visit goes tomorrow and how many other suitors pursue him in the coming days.

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