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NY Jets trapped in a time machine with Marcus Maye situation

Chris Nass
NY Jets, Marcus Maye
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Who doesn't know it? The moment when Phil Connors — played by Bill Murray — hits the alarm clock at 6:00 a.m. because Sonny and Cher wake him up with "I got you, Babe" — again! 

That's about how I felt when I read the report from ESPN's Jeremy Fowler indicating that NY Jets safety Marcus Maye would approve a trade when the deadline passes Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. ET.

Again, a safety. Again, a team MVP. Again, a 2017 NFL Draft pick. Again, failed negotiations in advance. Again, first bad press and then a trade request. Well, it's Groundhog Day — again.

NY Jets safety Marcus Maye faces DUI charges

How this thing will play out remains to be seen. In any case, the Jets hold all the cards. They don't have to trade Marcus Maye. He plays under the franchise tag and other teams won't be able to sign him until after the season.

Add to that the recent DUI arrest from February of this year for which he still faces a potential future suspension from the NFL as well as other consequences. All of this combined with his current ankle injury could put a serious dent in the price other teams would be willing to pay. 

If Maye were to sign a well-paying contract with another franchise after the season in free agency, then the Jets could snag a compensatory pick in 2023 that could be similar in round value to the equivalent of a trade deadline deal.

However, they may never see that compensatory pick if they end up spending in free agency.

Impact on Marcus Maye's trade value?

Maye, based on current knowledge, is unhappy with how his failed long-term extension was handled. After all, John Franklin-Myers just recently received a hefty extension.

Joe Douglas prioritizes linemen from both sides over safeties — which Maye, or rather his agent, is clearly not entirely happy with. 

His goal seems to be a current contender with whom Maye can play more successfully and accomplish more than he currently does with the Jets. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Rams have been mentioned as possible landing spots.  

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We'll see where this one ends up. But buyers beware: Not all Jets safeties who make plays during the season are worth the price.

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