Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye
Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye, New York Jets, Getty Images

Former New York Jets safety Jamal Adams “can’t wait” to watch Marcus Maye return to form

New York Jets safety Marcus Maye’s 2021 season is officially over. His Jets career may also be over.

In any event, former teammate Jamal Adams sent some much-needed “luv” his way.

Seahawks safety Jamal Adams, retweeting a doctor confirming Maye’s achilles tear, tweeted, “CAN’T WAIT TO WITNESS THE COMEBACK,” while simultaneously tagging Maye own Twitter account.

For the Jets, it’s just another injury in a long line of disasters.

After defensive end Carl Lawson tore his achilles tendon prior to the start of the season, the Jets hoped to avoid any more disastrous injuries to their players, particularly their stars.

Thursday night’s road loss to the Indianapolis Colts saw a big wrench thrown into that plan when Maye, a locker room leader and starting safety, went down with an achilles injury of his own, now confirmed to be a tear.

Maye has missed two games already this season with an ankle injury and sits at 40 tackles, a sack and two passes defended. These will now end up his final 2021 stats as he will be forced to sit out the remainder of the season.

When an athlete experiences a serious injury like this, other players around the league will often tweet out words of encouragement to them. Adams, who’ll still send “luv” to former teammates’ way from time to time on Twitter, was just one example of the support Maye’s received.

Adams and Maye were taken by the Jets with consecutive picks in the 2017 NFL draft— Adams went in the first round and Maye went in the second. Seeing as the two play the same position and were drafted to the same team, it comes as little surprise that they’re still friends to this day, despite the whole Adams trade saga that went down prior to the 2020 season.

Interestingly, Adams and Maye went about their respective desires for a contract extension in two very different ways.

The Adams story is well-documented and most people are aware of how he forced his way out of New York and eventually to Seattle where he is currently the league’s highest-paid safety. The catch is he’s arguably entrenched as public enemy number one in the tri-state area as it relates to football.

Maye, on the other hand, accepted the franchise tag for the 2021 season—a move notoriously risky for players hoping to gain some injury insurance on their career. He’s stayed in the good graces of Jets Nation because of it, but he’s now faced with a potentially career-altering injury on his plate.

It still remains to be seen whether general manager Joe Douglas is willing to fork over a sizable contract extension to Maye, particularly following an injury as serious as this.

It isn’t out of the question, but with Lamarcus Joyner potentially returning from injury next season (free agent) and plenty of safety talent in the 2022 NFL draft, how the New York Jets safety position looks next season is anybody’s best guess.

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Ian Roddy is a football writer currently working towards his masters at USC. He brings a versatile journalistic skill set to Jets X-Factor with both writing and audio. Email: roddy.ian66@gmail.com
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