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Jets S Marcus Maye Suffers Torn Achilles

Marcus Maye‘s season is over, and his prospects for a lucrative long-term deal in 2022 absorbed a brutal blow Thursday night. The fifth-year Jets safety suffered a torn Achilles, the team confirmed Friday.

Maye went down during the Jets’ loss to the Colts and faces extensive rehab that would may well derail the kind of contract he was set to seek in free agency. The Jets franchise-tagged Maye this year, but everything pointed to a 2022 free agency exit.

The Jets and Maye could not agree on an extension at the mid-July deadline, which followed contentious negotiations. Maye did not request a trade, but it was widely expected the sides were set to separate come March. This Achilles injury will sideline Maye well into the 2022 offseason and potentially set him up for a prove-it deal — from either the Jets or another team — rather than a high-end safety pact.

The former second-round pick missed time earlier this year because of an ankle injury but returned in late October. He made six starts this season, but the year certainly proved costly. Although trade interest emerged ahead of the deadline, the Jets’ lofty asking price kept Maye in New York. Maye was also arrested for DUI earlier this year and did not inform the Jets of the incident for months. This injury puts a bow on a tough year for the accomplished defender.

Teams Showing Interest In Jets WRs Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, teams are looking toward New York for some receiver help. According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv, Jets wideouts Jamison Crowder and Denzel Mims “have emerged as hot names on the market.” The Saints and Packers are among the teams seeking help at the position, per the report.

However, while teams may have interest in the two receivers, they’re also skeptical if the Jets will be willing to trade the duo. While Zach Wilson is currently out of the lineup, the team is still looking to put him in a position to succeed, and removing two wideouts certainly wouldn’t help that cause.

Mims has been mentioned as a potential target for some time. He was a second-round pick by the Jets in 2020, but he’s been limited to only 14 games through one-plus season. He’s been buried on the depth chart in 2021, although he got his first start during yesterday’s win over the Bengals, hauling in a pair of receptions. Considering Mims’ draft stock, it’d be surprising to see the organization bail on the player this early in his career.

Crowder, 28, makes a bit more sense as a trade piece. The veteran missed the first four games of the season, but he’s been productive since returning to the field, hauling in 23 catches for 203 yards. Crowder is set to hit free agency following the 2021 season.

Meanwhile, it sounds like the Jets will continue to hear offers on safety Marcus Maye. ESPN’s Rich Cimini writes that the Jets want a second- or third-round pick in return, but the team is struggling to find a team that will give up those assets. Some suitors want the Jets to eat part of Maye’s salary, which could end up holding up a trade.

AFC East Notes: Maye, Bills, Dolphins, Pats

Playing on the franchise tag, Marcus Maye continues to be viewed as on the way out for the Jets. Whether his exit will come via deadline trade or in free agency next year remains to be seen, but Dan Graziano of ESPN.com notes there is interest in the fifth-year safety ahead of the Nov. 2 deadline. While Maye’s $10.6MM franchise tag salary is prohibitive, he is a fifth-year starter who could be an impact rental player. A team acquiring Maye also would allow for exclusive negotiating rights between season’s end and free agency, though Maye giving the 2022 market a try after being tagged would make sense. Maye said last week he has not requested a trade, but contentious negotiations with the Jets did not produce a summer deal. And Maye’s DUI arrest may only further distance him from the Jets, whom he did not inform about the arrest for months after the fact.

Here is the latest from the AFC East:

  • Going into the 2021 free agency period, the Dolphins‘ regret from their 2020 spending spree influenced a quieter tour through this year’s market, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes. The pandemic-reduced salary cap impacted Miami, like it did all teams, but the Dolphins spent just $25.4MM in guarantees this year. They allocated $147.2MM in total contracts in 2020, and the results helped lead the team to its 1-6 place. Byron Jones has not lived up to his then-record deal, and the Dolphins moved on from Shaq Lawson, Kyle Van Noy and Ereck Flowers after one season.
  • Bills defensive ends Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes have been discussed as trade targets around the league, per Graziano. Buffalo has done well to bolster its defensive line, and Addison and Hughes are 30-somethings in contract years. That said, it is difficult to see the Bills parting with either given their status as Super Bowl contenders. Hughes, 33, has started every game for Buffalo this year — his eighth as a Bills first-stringer — while first-rounder Gregory Rousseau has displaced Addison as a starter. Addison, 34, and Hughes have combined for just 1.5 sacks, but each certainly helps Buffalo with D-line depth.
  • The contract the Patriots gave ex-Lions second-rounder Jahlani Tavai runs through the 2022 season, according to ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss, who writes the ex-Day 2 pick is likely being evaluated for a bigger role next season. The Patriots have Dont’a Hightower, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Jamie Collins on expiring contracts, giving Tavai a chance to grow from a seldom-used defender to a more prominent player in 2022. Tavai is set to make just $965K next year.
  • The extension the Patriots gave ex-Dolphins starter Raekwon McMillan calls for a $1MM base salary in 2022, per Reiss, who adds the Pats included $300K in playing-time incentives for the rehabbing linebacker. McMillan tore an ACL early in Pats camp but will have a shot to make next year’s team. The Pats included a $50K roster bonus for McMillan, if he remains with the team March 22.

Jets’ Marcus Maye Has Not Requested Trade

Marcus Maye makes sense as a trade candidate, being on the franchise tag after contentious negotiations this summer. The fifth-year safety also recently revealed a DUI arrest to the team, after not disclosing it after it when it took place in February.

After missing two games, Maye was back on the field after the Jets’ bye week. He is set to return to action in Week 7. Despite Maye’s agent indicating his client would be healthy by the trade deadline, in a clear attempt to generate outside interest, the former Jets second-round pick said he has not issued a trade request.

[RELATED: Assessing Maye’s Trade Value] 

[The Jets] know I want to be here,” Maye said, via the New York Post’s Mark Sanchez. “They know I’m 100% with my guys and teammates and things like that. So, I’m here.”

This certainly does not ensure Maye will be a Jet to close out this season. When asked if he would welcome a trade, Maye responded, “That’s not up to me.” Maye, 28, saw Jamal Adams‘ trade request granted last summer. Adams has since signed a safety-record contract. Maye will be in position to cash in next year, and the Jets are unlikely to pay up to keep him. The current Jets regime did not draft Maye, who would cost $12.7MM on a second franchise tag in 2022.

More than $5MM in salary remains on Maye’s contract, which stands to affect his trade value. But with the Jets potentially moving on come 2022, it would make sense for the team to consider collecting an asset. Though, they would need to compare any team’s offer with that of a potential 2023 compensatory pick.

Trade Candidate: Jets S Marcus Maye

Now in his fifth pro season, Marcus Maye stands as the Jets’ longest-tenured player. But, with the NFL’s November 2 trade deadline fast approaching, that could all change in the coming days.

The Jets slapped Maye with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, but the two sides couldn’t come to terms on an extension. Both sides spent the summer saying all the right things. Jets GM Joe Douglas told reporters that be would work towards long-term deal with the young safety. Maye, meanwhile, said he’d focus on football and worry about negotiations later.

Once [I was tagged], I just put it to the side and got back to the basics of playing football,” he said (via the team website). “Once I get on the grass I never worry about anything else.”

Winning games is first, that’s what you play the game for. Also taking care of your family and making sure you’re set up for the future. Control the controllables. If you have no control over something, there’s no point in getting all upset. If you’re not here to win games, then what are you doing this for?”

Things have changed since then. For starters, Maye suffered an ankle injury in September that still has him on the sidelines. Then, in early October, we learned that the 28-year-old has been charged with a DUI and a pair of misdemeanors. The incident occurred in February; the Jets were not aware of the incident until it went public.

Maye’s agent recently tweeted that his client will be ready to play by the trade deadline, a clear attempt to drum up interest. His DUI and failure to notify the Jets may be a red flag for clubs, however. Ditto for his salary — any club acquiring him would have to pay him the prorated portion of his $10.6MM salary. And, of course, he’d only be a rental.

Still, Maye offers upside. The former second-rounder has started in each of his 57 games in the NFL, including 32-straight starts between 2019 and 2020. Last year, he finished with a career-high 88 stops to go along with two sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Those credentials could appeal to contenders like the Buccaneers and Rams, as ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler suggested this week. Old pal Todd Bowles knows Maye’s capabilities first-hand and could use some support with Sean Murphy-Bunting and Antoine Winfield Jr. sidelined. The Rams, meanwhile, would love the extra firepower as they chase the Cardinals. Besides, it’d be an opportunity to reunite Maye with Jalen Ramsey, bolstering a secondary that has allowed 271 passing yards per contest.

There are plenty of possibilities for the Jets and Maye. Right now, there’s only one that seems unlikely – a second franchise tag in the spring for approximately $12MM.

Jets S Marcus Maye Charged With DUI

Jets safety Marcus Maye is facing charges stemming from a February car crash and subsequent DUI arrest, reports ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

Maye was arrested on February 22nd in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Per Cimini, the 28-year-old was charged with DUI and two misdemeanors: “DUI/damage to property and person and leaving the scene of a crash.” Maye posted a $1.5K bond and is set for a Zoom hearing on October 20. Maye is also facing a $30K-plus civil suit from the driver of the car he crashed into.

According to Cimini, it appears that neither the NFL nor the Jets were previously aware of the incident. The arrest will already subject Maye to the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but he could face additional punishment for not disclosing the arrest.

“It is an ongoing legal matter and our attorney has advised us we cannot comment,” Maye’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, said in a statement to ESPN. “We are confident it will be positively resolved. We look forward to Marcus getting back on the field soon.”

The 2017 second-round pick has spent his entire career in New York, starting each of his 57 games. He had a career year in 2020, finishing with 88 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions. Maye was slapped with the franchise tag this offseason, locking him into a $10.6MM deal for 2021.

AFC East Notes: Bills, Mims, Tua

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has made it clear that the Bills need to address their stadium situation in the near future to keep the club in western New York, and Bills ownership remains committed to that goal. Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports hears from team and league sources that owners Terry and Kim Pegula have not even investigated the possibility of moving the team to a different city. Instead, the Pegulas continue to work towards building a new stadium near the current one.

The Pegulas will push for the issue to become a top priority for state and local government, and they are optimistic that the recent change in New York leadership will help their pursuit. New governor Kathy Hochul has strong ties to western NY and good relationships with many members of the Buffalo organization who would be working on the project, and as of now, the sense is that the Bills will be staying put.

Now for more from the AFC East:

  • Much has been made of Denzel Mims‘ future with the Jets and whether the second-year wideout could be a trade candidate, but Rich Cimini of ESPN.com hears that Mims is not going anywhere, which jibes with a recent report from the NFL Network. Indeed, as Ralph Vacchiano of SNY.tv writes, Mims is going to get a real opportunity to shine when Gang Green takes on the Titans this afternoon. Head coach Robert Saleh said Mims “is going to get some opportunities. Hopefully he takes advantage of them. We’re expecting him to.”
  • Cimini adds that, at this point, WR Jamison Crowder is the most likely player on the Jets‘ roster to be traded in the coming weeks. Although safety Marcus Maye could theoretically be on the move — his agent recently tweeted that Maye will be recovered from his ankle injury by the trade deadline, a clear attempt to drum up interest — his salary could be prohibitive for many clubs. Maye will still be owed another ~$6MM for 2021 by the time the trade deadline rolls around.
  • Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa is eligible to come off IR for the team’s October 17 matchup with the Jaguars, and he will be ready to return to action by that date, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com. Of course, it remains to be seen if Tagovailoa — who is dealing with multiple fractured ribs — will be reinserted into the starting lineup at that time, or if Miami will continue to roll with Jacoby Brissett. Meanwhile, Deshaun Watson trade rumors continue to swirl.

Jets S Marcus Maye To Miss Time

Another blow will strike the Jets in the form of their top safety’s availability. Marcus Maye will miss time, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, who notes an ankle injury will sideline the franchise-tagged safety for multiple weeks (Twitter link).

With a three- to four-week recovery timetable in play for Maye, an IR stay would not surprise. This injury news surfaced despite Maye not missing a snap thus far this season.

This is obviously a key year for Maye, who was one of a few safeties given the franchise tag this past offseason. A better market is expected in 2022, when the salary cap is on track to spike toward nearly $210MM. His long-term future with the Jets remains uncertain, but for the time being, the fifth-year defender will be sidelined. Maye’s agent, who spoke of the veteran’s contentious extension talks this offseason, tweeted his client should be healthy by the trade deadline, which is Nov. 2.

The Jets are already playing without top offensive and defensive talents, with left tackle Mekhi Becton on short-term IR and defensive end Carl Lawson out for the season. Maye’s loss knocks will strip the struggling team of one of its other top performers, creating a steeper uphill battle in Robert Saleh‘s first season.

Jets S Marcus Maye Discusses Extension Negotiations

The Jets slapped safety Marcus Maye with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, but the two sides couldn’t agree on an extension during the ensuing negotiations. When asked about the stalled discussions and a lack of a long-term deal, Maye admitted that he stopped thinking about it once training camp started.

“Once that was over with, I just put it to the side and got back to the basics of playing football,” he said (via Jack Bell of the team’s website). “Once I get on the grass I never worry about anything else.”

Fortunately for the Jets, Maye seems to be prioritizing his on-field status over his salary. When asked if winning or salary was more important, the defensive back made it clear that it’s the former.

“Winning games is first, that’s what you play the game for,” Maye said. “Also taking care of your family and making sure you’re set up for the future. Control the controllables. If you have no control over something, there’s no point in getting all upset. If you’re not here to win games, then what are you doing this for?”

Entering his fifth NFL season, Maye is the longest-tenured Jets player on the roster. The former second-round pick has started each of his 54 games in the NFL, and that includes 32-straight starts between 2019 and 2020. Last season, the 28-year-old finished with a career-high 88 tackles to go along with two sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. He’s expected to start alongside Lamarcus Joyner at safety.