Locking up Marcus Maye a ‘priority’ for Jets with NFL Draft over

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The Jets’ final pick of draft is in

Now that the draft is over, Jets general manager Joe Douglas expects to have deeper conversations with safety Marcus Maye and his agent about a long-term contract.

“It’s still a priority to keep Marcus here long-term,” Douglas said Saturday following the draft. “We have had productive texts back and forth with his agent. We’re hoping to really dive into this now that the draft’s over.”

The Jets used the franchise tag on Maye in March after being unable to reach an agreement on a contract. The two sides have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal, or Maye can play this season on the $10.6 million tag.

Maye was the Jets’ second-round pick in 2017 and is one of their better players and a team leader. This is the second straight offseason Douglas has been in a contract standoff with a star safety. Last year, he traded Jamal Adams to the Seahawks after deciding not to give Adams a new contract, which irritated the safety.

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