Jets News: Jamal Adams is inevitably pushing Marcus Maye out of New York

Alexander Wilson
New York Jets, Jamal Adams
Nov 3, 2019; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams (33) looks on prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Taking a look at how New York Jets’ Jamal Adams could spell the end for Marcus Maye in green and white:

The Jets drafted both Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye three years ago, and both have played influential roles on defense. Adams has been the better of the pair by a fair margin, but Maye has left his mark as well.

Ultimately, the Jets are going to have to pay both of them eventually, and with Adams demanding an extension now, it could force Gang Green to trade away Maye for draft capital. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets have had discussions involving Maye, who has posted sound production of the past three seasons. At just 27 years old, Maye has logged 178 tackles, four interceptions, 11 past breakups, and two forced fumbles.

Ultimately, general manager Joe Douglas has no intention of dealing with Adams’s contract immediately, allowing him to sit and skip out on voluntary virtual workouts. However, the safety knows his value and is willing to stay away from the team until he receives a new deal.

In 2019, Adams played in 14 games, posting 75 combine tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 13 quarterback heads, and 6.5 sacks. His production was impressive and likely garners the attention he is demanding from Douglas. He’s only missed two games in his career, which attest to his overall health.

Essentially, the Jets are going to need to deal with Adams sooner or later, and his desire to be treated like a star will likely push me out of New York. The NFL is undoubtedly a business, and Adams is showing that the players have the leverage too.

If Maye is evidently traded, the Jets did draft a safety in the fourth round. Ashytn Davis out of Cal was their selection, and he has the tangible traits to develop into a starter. Davis is a speedy free safety who can cover ground well, but he’s a bit raw in some areas. Expect him to play a bit of special teams in 2020 and potentially earn a larger role in the secondary.