News surfaced overnight that Marcus Maye is facing a potential suspension following an incident in Florida in February. According to reports the incident occurred just days before the Jets decided to place the Franchise tag on Maye, a team MVP from the 2020 season.
When officers arrived at vehicle, they allegedly found an “unresponsive” Maye. There was vomit on door & floor of SUV. Officer said Maye smelled of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, trouble walking. Maye denied drinking, refused SFSE & was “unaware he hit a vehicle.” https://t.co/POPoTDKFhp— Connor Hughes (@Connor_J_Hughes) October 5, 2021
It’s been a turbulent year for Maye with his agent speaking out frequently about his client failing to secure a contract, and while this is unlikely to be the only reason, an outstanding court case and an unknown suspension is a good reason not to heavily invest in a player before you know the outcome.
Maye suffered an ankle injury which was expected to keep him out for 3-4 weeks, which would put him in line to return for the Patriots game. Connor Hughes reported that Maye has a virtual court hearing that week (20th of October).
Maye was drafted by the Jets in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL draft and has been one of the few success stories from that era. He finished 2020 with 82 tackles, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and 11 pass defenses.
The Jets may have been looking to trade Maye at the deadline if they were unsure about committing to him long-term, and this likely will play into their decision. As Hughes mentioned:
Because the arrest was not previously reported to the NFL, Maye faces potential discipline under the league’s personal conduct policy. That could include a suspension.