NY Jets: Adam Gase reportedly wanted to trade Marcus Maye in 2019

NY Jets, Marcus Maye (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
NY Jets, Marcus Maye (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images) /

NY Jets’ head coach Adam Gase reportedly wanted to trade safety Marcus Maye.

It’s currently unclear what the future holds for NY Jets‘ safety Marcus Maye. Following the selection of Cal safety Ashtyn Davis in the third round of the 2020 NFL Draft, it seems as though the team is preparing for his eventual departure.

But at least for the time being, he remains the starting free safety. In fact, his 2020 status is more solidified than his position-mate Jamal Adams.

However, while he remains the starter for now, the Jets haven’t exactly shied away from potentially moving on at some point in the future. And a recent report seems to insist that one important member of the organization was ready to move on rather quickly.

Manish Mehta of the NY Daily News recently reported in an article detailing Maye’s importance to the team that head coach Adam Gase “wanted to trade Maye after he was hired last year before being convinced to keep [him].”

Mehta also stated that general manager Joe Douglas fielded trade offers for the talented safety and engaged in discussions with other teams, but nothing ultimately came of it.

Finally, Mehta reiterated that it’s very unlikely that Maye is on the team past this year with either a trade-deadline move or a free-agent departure probably in the cards.

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Why would the NY Jets want to move on from Marcus Maye?

It makes some level of sense that the Jets are so willing to move on from Maye. The primary reason seems to be related to the Jamal Adams situation and the fact that the team is still planning to extend him long-term.

With that in mind, they have no intention of paying both Adams and Maye. It makes sense for Douglas and the Jets to opt against spending so much at the safety position.

However, it does seem a little confusing that Gase was so willing to deal Maye as soon as he was hired. Perhaps he saw this situation coming a year in advance or perhaps he just didn’t think that Maye was as good as others believe he is.

Either way, Gase wanted to move on. Douglas fielded offers, but nothing came of it. However, his future in New York is far from secure.

At the same time, it’s fair to wonder if their mindset has changed given everything going on with Adams. If the Jets trade Adams or simply determine that he doesn’t have a long-term future anymore, might they consider keeping Maye?

Perhaps, but my gut says they’ve made their minds up already.

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Maye might be playing on borrowed time with the Jets and it appears it may have been that way for a while now.