NOLA had to add a safety this offseason after losing Marcus Williams to the Ravens and they didn’t take much time to do so. They reportedly have agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $28.5 million with $15 million guaranteed.
Maye’s annual salary comes out around $9.5 million, which still gives New Orleans room to make other moves.
Maye and Williams have had somewhat similar careers to this point. They both went in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft and were franchise-tagged last offseason by their respective teams.
Maye, however, only played in six games this past year after an Achilles injury sidelined him for most of the season.
Saints Free Agency: What grade does bringing Marcus Maye in deserve?
While I was totally fine with this move, the Saints might have overspent on a guy who injured his Achilles last season and wasn’t himself even before the injury. A three-year deal could end up blowing up in their faces but at the same time, Maye was once a quality safety in the league and under Dennis Allen, he could bounce back and be the guy he once was.
I’ll give this signing a B- grade because Maye was someone I wanted to see the team land. The reason I’m hesitant to give a higher grade is that it feels like a lot of money to give a guy who was injured last year and was inconsistent even before he got hurt.
What grade would you give this free-agent signing?