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4 pending NY Jets free agents that won't be back in 2022

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NY Jets, Marcus Maye
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1. Marcus Maye, S, NY Jets

Of the four players on this list, Marcus Maye probably has the "best" chance to re-sign in the offseason. But that chance is likely very low.

Maye's contract situation has been a point of discussion dating back to last offseason when the Jets opted to place the franchise tag on their standout safety rather than sign him to a long-term extension.

The two sides agreed to work on a deal in the summer but nothing ever came of it. That's probably due to the fact that the Jets never showed any serious interest in retaining him.

The Jets reportedly offered Maye a deal far below market value — one that they likely knew he would never accept. They never intended to offer a soon-to-be 29-year-old safety a long-term extension.

It seemed destined that the two sides were headed for a split, if not at the trade deadline by this coming offseason. Unfortunately, Maye tore his Achilles in a freak injury this fall putting his future even further in doubt.

Now, it's still unlikely that Maye ends up with the Jets in 2022. But is there a scenario where he signs a one-year prove-it deal as a result of a diminished market brought on by his injury? I could see it happening.

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That said, it's still much more likely that Maye signs elsewhere which is why he lands on this list.

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