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Marcus Maye is back at the New York Jets’ facility for mandatory minicamp. He and the team have a month to make a long-term deal.

Silver linings from the Adam Gase era are having a strong start to the week at the New York Jets‘ team facility.

In addition to re-upping with Jamison Crowder on a renegotiated contract, the Jets reportedly welcomed safety Marcus Maye back to Florham Park. Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, the franchise-tagged defender is set to partake in the mandatory portion of organized team activities after sitting out the voluntary segments earlier this month.

Maye, 28, was franchise tagged in March, which makes him one of the top ten highest-paid safeties in the league (tied with Marcus Williams of New Orleans at $10.6 million for 2021). He is set to be the veteran anchor of the Jets’ defense in the post-Jamal Adams era and was a rare bright spot during the Jets’ garish 2020 campaign. Maye is currently seeking a long-term deal, which led to his holdout during the voluntary portion. The deadline to sign is July 15.

Back in May, Jets head coach Robert Saleh was confident that the 2017 second-round pick would be inked to a longer deal that would keep him in green for the foreseeable future. He sympathized with Maye’s situation and expressed his excitement to start working with him.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for what (Maye and his team) are going through,” Saleh said, per Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I think these kids have earned the right to ask for whatever they can, especially when they do things the right way like he has. (Joe Douglas) and his staff are working relentlessly to get something done. We go with it and we support him all around the organization.”

“Marcus filling that strong safety role, where he can come down in the box, he can play the middle of the field, he can play the half. He’s very versatile…Marcus Maye fits every system and he’ll be just fine.”

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

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