Marcus Maye Denies Wanting to Leave the Jets

Marcus Maye in 2019
Marcus Maye in 2019. Photo by Gregory Vasil/CSM/Shutterstock (10511759c)

It appears that New York Jets safety Marcus Maye doesn’t have a wish for a change of scenery after all. During a recent chat with reporters, Maye dismissed multiple trade rumors that surrounded him in past weeks and said that he wants to be part of the franchise moving on.

Maye is one of the most reliable players the Jets have had in recent years, but despite this, the team failed to reward him with a long-term extension. The 28-year-old player is currently playing on a franchise tag, and many believed that this, alongside the Jets struggles to be competitive, will make him eager to move on. But this couldn’t be farther from the truth, according to Maye.

“They know I want to be here,” Maye said on Thursday when asked about the trade rumors. “They know I’m 100% with my guys.”

“Every time I’m in this building, I’m 100%,” he added. “Every time I’m on the field, I’m 100%. I’m going to be with my guys no matter what.”

It remains to be seen whether the Jets want the same as Marcus Maye. Despite the 2017’s second-round pick’s great performances on the field, the Jets seemed hesitant to meet his asking price in the summer and make him one of the highest-paid players on the position. And nothing indicates that they feel different now. 

Maye has been dealing with an ankle injury in 2021 that limited him to just three games this season. Still, he managed to rack up 23 tackles while also having one sack and one pass defended.