The Jets and Marcus Maye failed to agree on a long-term contract extension before Thursday’s 4 p.m. deadline, placing his future with the organization in question.
New York reportedly lowballed Maye, offering him an extension that was 20 percent lower than his $10.612 million franchise tag tender. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Jets did not respond to Maye’s counteroffer, which was taken off the table ahead of the deadline. Per Rapoport, Maye rejected New York’s original offer because he had better offers from other teams entering free agency this offseason.
With the extension deadline in the books, the Jets cannot offer Maye a new contract until after the 2021 season, when he will become an unrestricted free agent unless he is franchise tagged again. This opens up the possibility that Joe Douglas could trade Maye this year if the general manager doesn’t think he can retain the safety long-term.
If Douglas does opt to move on from Maye and get something in return for his services instead of letting him walk in free agency, here are six potential trade partners for New York.