Where the Jets stand in complicated Marcus Maye contract negotiations

Trade with Jamal Adams did not cure the jets from a contract dispute with a star safety.

The Jets have made several contract offers to Marcus Maye since being signed in early March, a league source told the Post, but all signs indicate an NFL-imposed deadline for franchise-marked players to sign extensions will pass at 6 p.m. 16 Thursday without appointment in place.

While Adams ‘demands for market contracts and threatening potential holdouts are now the Seahawks’ question, the Jets and Maye arehas not made much progress in the 12 months since Adams was traded. Maye, who skipped volunteer spring training programs but participated in mandatory minicamp, will face two options: Hold out or play on a $ 10.612 million annual contract. After the deadline, negotiations can not resume until after the season.

One Jets offer was on average approx. $ 8.5 million a year during the deal, and Maye’s counter-offer was withdrawn when it became clear that other teams would value him more if he reached free agency, according to the NFL Network.

So where is the fair value? The reported low-ball offer was made before Maye was tagged, raising the numbers, The Post learned. Maye signed the mark in late March.

New York Jets safety Marcus Maye (20) watches during training.
The Marcus Mayes Jets contract represents a unique confluence of factors.
Corey Sipkin

Several NFL agents expressed that the starting point for negotiations of this kind is widely accepted as the average cost of back-to-back franchise tags. A mark on Maye in 2022 means 120 percent of his salary in 2021 ($ 12.73 million) and creates a two-year average of $ 11.67 million.

It happens to fall close to a fair comparison for Maye: As the top free agent security in 2021, John Johnson signed for $ 11.25 million a year over three years with the Browns. Neither Maye nor Johnson have a Pro Bowl or All-Pro selection.

But CBS Sports contract analyst Joel Corry – a former NFL agent – called Maye “a Pro Bowl caliber” safety and explained that he should shoot too high now that the pandemic-forced hood clip has narrowed.

“If you offer anything less than the mark on a long-term deal, we have nothing to talk about because you’re sending a signal that you do not want me here,” Corry said. “I want to take it like, ‘Play it out and we’ll go from there.’ I have nothing to think about until you put me in at least $ 14 million a year. ”

Maye’s negotiations are complicated by his age and the likelihood of only a major payday in his career after earning $ 6.5 million during his first four seasons as a first-round pick, compared to Adams ’22, $ 2 million as a first player. Some players in Maye’s situation may be lured by more guaranteed money arriving faster and a lower average salary to protect against serious injury or poor performance.

Maye enters his 28-year-old season and will be 29 – three years older than Johnson was in March – if he reaches free agency next season. As another example, he is 14 months older than Washington’s Landon Collins, who has played six seasons.

None of the six security agencies, earning more than $ 12 million a year, signed their agreement at the age of 28. Seven safety issues since the start of 2019 have topped Johnson’s annual averages, but all have Pro Bowls and / or All-Pro picks on their resumes.

Devin McCourty again signed $ 11.5 million over two years with the Patriots at 32, but it can be argued that Maye is rising while McCourty’s best years are in the past.

Maye is the backbone of a weak Jets’ secondary and set career heights in 2020 for tackles (82), sacks (two), defending passes (11) and generating revenue (five). Jets within linebacker CJ Mosley have played a game over two years since signing for an annual average of $ 17 million.

While security pay is generally rising more slowly than in other positions, Corry projects Vikings Harrison Smith, 32, and Chiefs’ Tyrant Mathieu, 29, will soon get “very strong deals”. After his first year moving from cornerback to safety, the Giants rewarded then-29-year-old Logan Ryan with a three-year extension worth $ 10.33 million a year in December.

β€œThe market will continue to rise,” Corry said. “Jamal Adams wants to move it, and that’s how I would be, ‘I’m the head of the secondary because you would not pay him. He’s doing X, so that’s the guy I most want to compare myself to. ”


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