METERI, Los Angeles – The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a three-year, $28.5 million contract with former New York Jets Safety Marcus May Tuesday evening after losing a long time free safety start Marcus Williams to the Baltimore Ravens earlier today, a source confirmed to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
A source told Fowler that the deal includes $15 million in guarantees.
The Saints also reached a stretch with Veteran Back Corner Bradley Rubywho was heading into the final year of his contract after New Orleans traded its third-round pick last September, according to a source.
Both deals were first reported by the NFL Network.
May, who turned 29 on March 9, was drafted into the second round in 2017 – three picks ahead of Williams – and has become a full-time regular for the Jets ever since. However, he tore his Achilles in November while playing under the franchise tag. His rehabilitation is said to be going well, but his preparation for training camp is still up in the air.
Maye is also facing a possible suspension of the league due to a DUI arrest last February in South Florida, which was not made public until an ESPN report in October. The planes were shocked by the news; May never mentioned it to them, which is a violation of league policy. The case is still pending in the Broward County court system.
When healthy, Maye should step in as the free safety starting Saints defense that has evolved into one of the best players in the NFL under new coach Dennis Allen since the Saints penned notable lists as cornerbacks. Marshawn Lattimore and Williams in 2017.
Saints Williams allowed the market to be tested in part due to the limitations of their maximum salary; He ended up agreeing to a five-year, $70 million deal with Baltimore that included a $37 million guarantee per source. The Saints started off season with around $75 million on the cover. However, they were able to hit the cap without cutting out a single player – and they did most of the work by restructuring contracts to push their cap costs into the coming years.
They remained the main contenders to land the Houston Texans Deshaun Watson In a huge trade, which may require more controversy over the cap.
May (6ft, 207 pounds) turned down an offer of a long-term contract from Gates last year that reportedly included $20 million in collateral — betting himself by signing a one-year, $10.6 million franchise contract. Negotiations turned sharp when May’s agent criticized the aircraft’s tactics on Twitter.
May has expressed frustration at not having a long-term deal, hinting at his training camp that he might seek a deal at some point, but it never really got to that point. He lost ground when he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the November 4 game against the Indianapolis Colts and underwent surgery at the end of the season.
It has been a losing season for May, who also missed three games with an ankle injury. He was limited to six matches, collected no interceptions and one sack.
His best season was 2020, when he started every game, made two interceptions and scored career highs (two) and defensive passes (11). Natural and free security, show off its versatility by playing in the box more than ever. He was voted as the Jets’ Player of the Year by his teammates that season.
May, who played in Florida, immediately established himself with the Gates as a consistent, if not an outstanding, defender. The biggest hit is that it’s not Ballhawk – with only six interceptions in 60 career games.
Robbie, who turns 30 in May, had one year and $10 million left on his contract. There has been speculation that he could be a potential victim, as he played a part-time role with the Saints last year behind the rookie rookie. Paulson Adebo. However, the Saints wanted to find a way to keep it. The extension will allow them to lower its cap figure in 2022.
Robbie (5-11, 194), a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos in 2014, started 50 career games with the Broncos, Texans and Saints, with 11 interceptions, 80 passing defenses, eight compulsory tackles and one touchdown.
ESPN’s Rich Semeny contributed to this report.
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