Jets coach hopeful Marcus Maye deal will get done

Jets coach Robert Saleh said he is hopeful that safety Marcus Maye will have a new long-term contract soon.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for what they’re going through,” Saleh said of Maye and his agent. “You guys know my philosophy. I think these kids have earned the right to ask for whatever they can, especially when they do things the right way like he has. [General manager] Joe [Douglas] and his staff are working relentlessly to get something done. We go with it and we support him all around the organization.”

Saleh said he spoke with Maye before the offseason program began. Maye is seeking a new long-term contract, but the Jets have not given him one yet. The Jets applied the franchise tag to Maye in March. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a deal or Maye will play this season under the tag for $10.6 million.

Saleh said he and Maye had a good discussion. It sounds as if the coach does not expect that Maye will participate in the offseason program until he has a new deal.

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Interestingly, Saleh was asked about Maye’s role in his defense. It sounds as if Saleh envisions Maye as more of a strong safety, with Lamarcus Joyner at free safety. Maye has played free safety for most of his career, but did play some strong safety in 2020.

“Marcus filling that…

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