New York Jets franchise tag Marcus Maye

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Safety Marcus Maye #20 of the New York Jets celebrates a stop against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 13, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)

The New York Jets have franchise-tagged standout safety Marcus Maye, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Maye and the team have been negotiating a new contract, but this news puts an end to that discussion for now.

After the departure of Jamal Adams, Maye took on a much larger role with the Jets defense. He set career-highs in sacks, tackles, tackles-for-loss and forced fumbles, to name a few. He will now have another chance to showcase himself before attempting to land a new contract.

The franchise tag allows the Jets to keep him on their roster without agreeing on a much higher salary with a new contract.

Maye is set to make around $10.5 million this year under the franchise tag. At least for the upcoming season, the Jets will have their defensive leader back on the field.