Ex-Jet Marcus Maye agrees three-year contract with Saints

The long-awaited divorce between the Jets and safety Marcus Maye was finalized Tuesday night.

Maye has agreed in principle to a three-year, $28.5 million contract with the Saints, according to a source. The deal contains $15 million guaranteed and can become official at 4 p.m. Wednesday when the league’s new year kicks off.

Maye, who was a Jets second-round pick in 2017, and the Jets have been heading toward a split for nearly a year now. The Jets used the franchise tag on Maye last year and the two sides failed to reach an agreement, and there are bad feelings about the negotiations on both sides. Maye also did not report a DUI arrest to the team, as the team learned of the arrest from the media.

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Maye started just six games with the Jets last season. He suffered a torn Achilles tendon in early November against the Colts and missed the rest of the season. Maye started 60 games for the Jets and had six interceptions. He was voted the team’s MVP in 2020. The Jets drafted Maye and Jamal Adams in the first two rounds of the 2017 draft, expecting them to be their starting safeties for the next decade. Now the two are gone.

The Jets lost another free agent on Tuesday with tackle Morgan Moses reportedly agreeing to a three-year, $15 million deal with the Ravens. Moses started 16 games at the right tackle for the Jets last season, but the team expects George Fant and Mekhi Becton to be his starting tackles this year.

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