Jan 3, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Sony Michel (26) rushes against New York Jets free safety Marcus Maye (20) during the first quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

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Jets S Marcus Maye claims he doesn’t want to be traded

Less than 15 months since trading Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks, the New York Jets could have another disgruntled safety on their hands in the form of Marcus Maye.

Except that Maye insisted Thursday that he isn’t interested in a trade.

“They know I want to be here,” Maye said of the Jets. “They know I’m 100 percent with my guys.”

Maye is playing on the franchise tag in 2021 after he and the Jets failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract extension by the league deadline. New York is 1-4 and starting a rebuild under new coach Robert Saleh.

Maye suffered an ankle injury in Week 3 and hasn’t played since. Late last month, Maye’s agent quote-tweeted a report about the player’s injury and wrote, “Should be back fully healthy just before the trade deadline,” needling Jets fans.

But Maye told reporters Thursday that he has not requested a trade and doesn’t plan to do so.

“They know me,” Maye said. “Once I’m in the building, I’m all go. I don’t think there’s a trust issue from my end and stuff like that. They know I’m 100 percent with these guys every time I step on the field and walk in the building.”

Maye’s situation is complicated by the fact that he has a DUI charge pending in Florida. The 28-year-old was arrested there in February, but hid the incident from New York for months in defiance of NFL protocols.

Maye added that he was sorry for hiding his arrest from the team and he “learned from it.”

Chosen in the second round of the 2017 draft — one round after New York spent its first pick on Adams — Maye is now in his fifth season and has made 57 career starts. He’s recorded 289 tackles, six interceptions, four forced fumbles and 3.5 sacks primarily playing as a free safety.

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