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Former New York Jets safety signs with Miami Dolphins

NY Jets Safety, Marcus Maye, Miami Dolphins
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The New York Jets see a former starter turn into a rival

According to NFL insider Jordan Schultz, former New York Jets safety Marcus Maye has agreed to a deal with the Miami Dolphins. The contract details have not yet been made clear.

Schultz reports that Maye had numerous suitors on the market but chose to play for the Dolphins because of their roster. Maye believes Miami is a Super Bowl contender, which was a deciding factor for the former Florida Gators star.

Marcus Maye and the New York Jets

The Jets drafted Marcus Maye in the second round of the 2017 NFL draft. He would join Jamal Adams, selected sixth overall in the same class, to form one of the NFL’s best safety pairings. Over their three seasons together, the duo was a lone bright spot for a team that couldn’t seem to do anything right.

During his five seasons with the Jets, Maye would play in 60 games, starting every one of them. His greatest highlight came in 2018 against Denver when he intercepted Case Keenum and returned it 104 yards for a touchdown. That remains the New York Jets franchise record for the longest touchdown on a play from scrimmage, and it’s the third-longest in franchise history behind only Joe McKnight, 107 yards, and Brad Smith, 106 yards, both coming on kick returns.

In total, over his 60 games in New York, Maye had six interceptions, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 3.5 sacks, and an average Pro Football Focus grade of 70.6.

Maye signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2022, where he spent the last two seasons. Injuries have derailed Maye’s career, as he’s not played more than 10 games since 2020, which was the best season of his career. As a result, Maye has found little success since leaving Florham Park.

In Miami, Maye will join a room with young star Jevon Holland, veteran Jordan Poyer, and rarely-used safety Elijah Campbell, who was also with the Jets in 2020.

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