The New York Jets have taken some calls on safety Marcus Maye. Here’s what it all means and why he could be traded ahead of the deadline.
The New York Jets are exploring all options ahead of the annual NFL trade deadline. That includes third-year safety, Marcus Maye.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter over the weekend reported that the Jets have taken calls on Maye although the team has insisted he’s not available.
Just a few short years ago, Marcus was taken with the 39th overall pick (second round) in the 2017 NFL Draft.
The talented safety out of Florida has dealt with the injury bug throughout his football career. With the Gators, he missed three games with a broken arm during his senior season. In 2018 he missed 10 games due to a myriad of injuries with the green and white.
Heading into the 2019 campaign there was great concern over some nerve issues in his shoulder that was expected to keep him out even longer, but he battled through it to not only play every game this season but excel.
Marcus has been playing the best football of his professional career and is young (26 years old). After this season he still has one more year left on his rookie contract.
The Jets invested a second-round pick into him initially, so in any hypothetical trade, they’d like at least that back in return. So far the Jets haven’t budged on their stance, but just like most players on the roster, everyone has a price.
With the team in disarray at 1-6 and a new gunslinger in town making the decisions (Joe Douglas) who has almost zero ties to any player on the current roster, no player is off-limits.
One team that may not take ‘no’ for an answer in trade talks is the Dallas Cowboys.
“Owner Jerry Jones echoed vice president Stephen Jones in saying the team is still seeking help at safety and that’s where the team would lean if they pull off another trade ahead of the deadline,” per Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram.
Remember the Cowboys called the Jets about defensive lineman Leonard Williams and were in deep in talks before they pivoted to acquire Michael Bennett from the New England Patriots. Certainly, something to keep an eye out for ahead of the trade deadline.