Jets, Marcus Maye not expected to reach deal ahead of tag extension deadline: report

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Marcus Maye in green uniform, no helmet
Marcus Maye in green uniform, no helmet

It appears the Jets and S Marcus Maye won't be getting a deal done before the tag extension deadline after all.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Jets have not responded to Maye's latest proposal and it's now off the table. Even worse, the Jets came to Maye weeks before the deadline with an average pay per year that was about 20 percent less the tag amount for the 2021 season.

If an extension is not figured out by July 15 at 4 p.m., which it isn't expected to, Maye will have to play on the franchise tag that is worth roughly $10.6 million.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has reported back in February that Maye was the only franchise tag candidate for the Jets, and it would buy them more time to reach an extension. Maye earned those types of discussions after taking over for Jamal Adams following his trade to the Seattle Seahawks. He had his best year in the NFL in 2020, posting a career-high 88 combined tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, 11 passes defended and four tackles for loss.

So what happens if Maye and the Jets can't reach an agreement? New York has the advantage being able to franchise tag Maye again if they like, but it would cost more in 2022 if that were the case. But after Maye arrived at OTAs amid these negotiations, it showed positive signs that a deal would get done with both sides wanting it inked.

Who knows where that relationship is now?

Rapoport also added that multiple teams in free agency were willing to shell out more in average pay per year and guarantees than the Jets' offer.