The New York Jets have placed the franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye prior to Tuesday's tag deadline. Both sides can still negotiate a long-term deal up until July 15th. Maye was the Jets 2nd-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
A person with direct knowledge of the move says the New York Jets placed the franchise tag on safety Marcus Maye, a steady playmaker and leader with whom the team hopes to work out a long-term deal. The move Monday night was expected and prevents Maye from becoming an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 17. NFL teams have until Tuesday at 4 p.m. EST to use the tag on a pending free agent.
The number of teams that have reached out to the Jets, demonstrating interest in trading for Sam Darnold, continues to grow. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer on Monday that eight different franchises have inquired with the Jets about Darnold's availability this offseason. Here's Breer with an update in his latest MMQB: Last time we heard from Breer about Darnold, there were that have reached out, so that number has nearly doubled over the last several weeks.