The NY Jets are going to have a decision to make on Marcus Maye this offseason. The long-tenured (at least by Jets standards) safety is set to be a free agent a year after being slapped with the franchise tag.
Maye's contract situation has long been a point of contention for both sides with the two parties at odds dating back to over a year ago at this point. But as of right now, it sure seems unlikely that Maye returns.
That's been the sentiment for a while now, really ever since the Jets placed the franchise tag on Maye last offseason. It never seemed as though the Jets had any plans of keeping Maye around long term.
And in hindsight, that might have been the correct decision. The former second-round pick is coming off the worst year of his career where he finished with a Pro Football Focus grade of 55.9 that ranked 81st out of 94 qualified safeties.
He played just six games before a torn Achilles cut his season short. 2021 was a disaster of a year for Maye and his lackluster play combined with his age and injury history should severely hinder his market value.
Still, it's hard to see him returning to New York even on a very team-friendly contract. That means the Jets will be in search of his replacement this offseason.
With realistically two starting safeties to add, the Jets will have their fair share of options. Let's take a look at eight potential replacements for Marcus Maye.