As the Jets prepare to enter free agency in pursuit of other team’s top players, at least one report has surfaced that claims they’ll use the franchise tag to retain one of their own in safety Marcus Maye.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) February 28, 2021
The last remaining player from the team’s disastrous 2017 draft, Maye has grown to become a reliable and durable safety who is solid against both the run and the pass. Maye has started all 16 games in 3 of 4 pro seasons while racking up 266 tackles, 6 interceptions, 5 tackles for loss and 4 forced fumbles.
With plenty of holes left to fill on one of the league’s worst rosters, tagging Maye makes sense for general manager Joe Douglas as he will look to fill at least one spot on the depth chart before it becomes another need. As a respected veteran and locker room presence, Maye will also be a key in anchoring a secondary that could have as many as three new starters in 2021.