Promising Robert Saleh deal with Jets’ Marcus Maye to be struck
Jets coach Robert Saleh has said he hopes safety Marcus Maye will have a new long-term contract soon.
“I have enormous respect for what they are going through,” Saleh said of Maye and her agent. “You know my philosophy. I think these kids deserved the right to ask for whatever they can, especially when they do things like him. [General manager] Joe [Douglas] and its staff work tirelessly to get things done. We go with it and we support it throughout the organization.
Saleh said he spoke with Maye before the offseason schedule started. Maye is looking for a new long-term contract, but the Jets have yet to give him one. The Jets applied the franchise tag to Maye in March. The two teams have until July 15 to strike a deal where Maye will play under tag this season for $ 10.6 million.
Saleh said he and Maye had a good chat. Looks like the coach doesn’t expect Maye to be on the offseason schedule until he has a new deal.
Interestingly, Saleh was asked about Maye’s role in his defense. It looks like Saleh sees Maye as more solid security, with Lamarcus Joyner in free security. Maye has played free security for most of his career, but has played strong security in 2020.
“Marcus fulfilling this strong safety role, where he can go down into the box, he can play in the middle of the field, he can play the half. He’s very versatile, ”Saleh said. “Much like the comment I made about CJ Mosley, Marcus Maye adapts to all systems and he will be fine.”
Fifth-round pick Jamien Sherwood got his first shock as his plane arrived at Newark Airport.
“It’s about to be summer and the pilot said it was 57 degrees here. It took me by surprise, ”said Sherwood, who grew up in Florida and played Auburn.
Sherwood said the coldest game he’s ever played was in Myrtle Beach, SC, in high school. Wait until you have a game in Foxborough or Buffalo in December.
Sherwood, a linebacker, said it hit him on Friday when he took the field saying he was in the NFL.
“Just walking the field in a helmet and a Jets jersey is so surreal,” said Sherwood. “This is something you dream of. I used to play for the Jets in Madden and now I play for the Jets. It’s just crazy to me.
The recruits have practice and meetings on Sunday mornings, then camp breaks at noon. They must leave the facility, but are allowed to return on May 17, when the next phase of the voluntary offseason program begins.