The relationship between the New York Jets and safety Marcus Maye was not good last year.
Apparently, those issues remained unresolved after Maye apparently shot at the team after he signed a stunning $28.5 million contract to join the New Orleans Saints in freelance company.
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Maye was asked in his introductory press conference what was the most important factor he was considering when choosing a new team in freelance and he didn’t hold back.
“[Winning] maybe the main thing, you know it’s all about winning and losing. At the end of the day, what are you still doing it for? Especially in the last five seasons, where I wasn’t very likely to win and things like that, difficult situations. Having had the opportunity to join this organization, a winning organization for a long time, I’m happy to be a part of it and I’m happy to win more with these guys. ”
Maye isn’t kidding, he originally entered the league as the 39th overall pick in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft.
He stayed with the team through his four-year rookie deal and an additional franchise season afterward. All in all, the former Florida Gator player played five seasons with the Jets, and the overall record for that period was 22-59.
They currently take the lead in the NFL’s longest playoff drought of 11 seasons and counting.
However, the rift between Maye and the Jets goes beyond win-lose.
There is a dilemma spit contract was fully displayed before the court of public opinion. Then we discovered that Maye kept a DUI hidden from the group until it was covered up by ESPN, which forced him to meet his fellow Jets. Then, to further complicate matters, Maye tore his Achilles to pieces mid-season putting his immediate football future in jeopardy.
Now both sides have clearly moved on and the Jets have some big holes to fill the backend of their defence.
That means the Jets will have at least one safe new opening day, if not two.
With Maye off the roster, the Jets decided to sign Jordan Whitehead from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Early in the free agency process, they announced that they had re-contracted veteran Lamarcus Joyner.
He played all nine tackles in his 2021 season opener against the Carolina Panthers before tearing his triceps and being dropped from the season. He will now have a chance to redeem himself this season with a clear path to landing a starting gig.
Much of the free agency is over and the remaining moves will be mostly deeps. However, the last remaining piece of the puzzle is the 2022 NFL draft.
There is only one worthy security and that is Kyle Hamilton outside Notre Dame. Now, whether the Jets’ brass has enough frogs to pull the trigger is another story for another day.
Other safety measures currently on the list include:
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