Rapoport explains that after the Jets failed to respond to the latest proposal from Maye’s camp, they pulled their offer off the table.
Rapoport adds that negotiations had already begun to go south before this week, as the Jets offered Maye a deal that was 20 percent less than the $10.5 million he’ll make on the tag in 2021.
He says multiple teams had indicated to Maye they were willing to pay significantly more than the Jets’ offer had the veteran safety made it to free agency.
The Jets previously claimed they were working “relentlessly” to get a long-term deal done for Maye after he expressed frustration over the slow pace of negotiations before the draft.
If things don’t change before the July 15 deadline, Maye will play out the 2021 season on the tag. The two sides will be allowed to resume extension talks again after the season.
Maye, 28, is a former second-round pick of the Jets back in 2017. He just finished the final year of his four-year, $6.554 million contract that included $4.134 million guaranteed.
In 2020, Maye appeared in all 16 games for the Jets and recorded 88 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles, one recovery, two interceptions and 11 pass defenses. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 5 safety out of 94 qualifying players.
We’ll have more on the Jets and Maye as the news is available.