Former Saints safety Marcus Maye finds a new home with an AFC contender

After being cut by the New Orleans Saints earlier this offseason, Marcus Maye finally has a new team. The veteran safety recently signed with an AFC contender.
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The New Orleans Saints released veteran safety Marcus Maye early in the offseason, electing to move forward with Tyrann Mathieu and Jordan Howden as the secondary’s safety duo. That forced Maye to search for his third team in the NFL, and the search went on rather long.

It has finally come to an end, with Maye signing with the Miami Dolphins on Monday. According to Jordan Schultz, who broke the story, Maye had interest from multiple teams, but ultimately signed with the Dolphins because he believes the team is equipped to win a Super Bowl.

Marcus Maye signs with the Dolphins

This is not only a return to the AFC for Maye, but it’s a return to an AFC East division that he started his NFL career in. Maye was drafted in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, and thats where he established himself as a quality NFL safety.

In five years with the Jets, Maye started all 60 games that he played in, recording 312 tackles, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, 24 pass deflections, and six interceptions. The solid tenure in New York earned Maye a three-year deal worth $28.5 million with the Saints.

Unfortunately, things didn’t really go as planned in New Orleans. In 2022, his first season with the Saints, he was limited to just 10 games, recording 60 tackles. In year two in New Orleans, 2023, Maye only played in seven games, recording 37 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions. After two underwhelming seasons, the Saints didn’t want to see year three.

That opened the door for Marcus Maye to continue his career with the Miami Dolphins. At 31 years old, he’ll now try to put together a healthy season, while contributing to one of the league’s top teams.