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NY Jets: Marcus Maye reports to team facility ahead of mandatory minicamp

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The NY Jets are set to reconvene for mandatory minicamp tomorrow, and one player who now looks likely to be in attendance is safety Marcus Maye.

Maye was one of two notable absences from OTAs this spring as the star safety continues to work through a contract situation with the Jets.

But on Monday, he officially reported to the team facility, one day before minicamp is set to begin.

Maye and the Jets remain in talks about a long-term extension after the team placed the franchise tag on him this offseason. The deadline for an extension is July 15th, but Maye would certainly like to get a deal done sooner rather than later.

Marcus Maye should be in attendance for NY Jets minicamp

Head coach Robert Saleh said last week that he expects 100 percent attendance for mandatory minicamp, despite the absences of Crowder and Maye. At the very least, it seems likely that one of those players will be showing up.

A second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Maye has developed into one of the better safeties in football, especially following a breakout 2020 season that saw him elevate his game to a new level.

Maye finished as Pro Football Focus' fifth-highest graded safety in 2020 and was ranked seventh on their list of the top safeties in football heading into the 2021 season — notably ahead of former teammate Jamal Adams.

He's one of the best safeties in the NFL, and he's looking to get paid as such, His $10.6 million cap hit in 2021 is substantial, but Maye is looking for the long-term security that a multi-year extension provides.

To this point, the Jets have insisted that they believe extending Maye is a priority. Progress has undoubtedly been slow, but the team has publicly expressed interest in extending Maye this offseason.

However, it's far from a guarantee that they do.

Maye will turn 29-years-old next March and the Jets might not want to pay top dollar when you factor in age and position value.

That said, Maye's value to the Jets extends well beyond that. He is their defensive leader on and off the field, the longest-tenured player on the roster, and a top-notch player at his position.

It would be a tough pill to swallow if the Jets didn't extend Maye, and it would be an especially difficult sell to the fan base.

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The Jets have just about a month to get an extension done, and rather than hold out, it appears Maye will be ready to go for mandatory minicamp while the two sides continue to work on a deal.

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