Jets S Marcus Maye hopes to sign long-term contract “someday”
Two securities have signed massive long-term contracts this offseason. Marcus Maye was not one of them.
Jamal Adams of Seattle, Maye’s former teammate, was awarded a four-year, $ 70 million contract, while Minnesota’s Harrison Smith signed a four-year, $ 64 million contract. Both came with a lot of guaranteed money.
Maye had hoped to join them early in the offseason, but he will play the 2021 season on the franchise label after he and the Jets failed to agree on a long-term deal before the deadline of 15. July. He will have to wait another year while playing on a one-year, $ 10.6 million contract.
Now Maye is focused on the season ahead.
“Once it was over it was about putting it aside and getting back to basics, getting back to football, learning new coaches, new teammates, a new pattern,” said Maye. noted Thusday. “Once you’re on the grass, you don’t care about anything other than trying to improve. “
Maye didn’t share too many thoughts on the deals signed by Adams and Smith. He said he only noticed them when alerts popped up on his phone. Maye added that he let his agent “do it all”.
But when it comes to his own financial future, Maye has said he hopes to sign a deal as big as those he’s seen this offseason.
“One day,” he said.
Money has been the focus of Maye’s offseason and summer, but safety has said “winning games” is his priority.
“That’s what you play the game for,” he said. “But of course also taking care of your family, making sure you are ready for the future is also important.”
Maye understands he is a veteran in a very young high school despite being 28 years old. He said he was also “surprised” that the Jets cut Blessuan Austin given the cornerback’s experience.
“I didn’t see it coming at all,” Maye said. “I don’t think nobody did. It was hard. He was a starter for us. So I guess we just need to figure out what’s coming next. ”
Now the Jets will field a group of cornerbacks with an average age of 22.5 years. The roster’s oldest cornerback is 2021 fifth-round pick Brandin Echols, who is a month older than 2020 fifth-round pick Bryce Hall. Maye doesn’t seem overly concerned with the youngsters, however.
“You can’t sit here and worry about what year the guys are in, how many years they’ve been playing,” he added. “We all have to find a way to be on the same page as quickly as possible so that we can go out and win games.”
That will be key for Maye in 2021. His next contract will obviously be on his mind – and rightly so – but he has said he’s able to compartmentalize this part of his life and focus on football first.
“Control what you can control. This is essentially it. he said. “If you have no control over this, there is no point in getting upset.”