The Marcus Maye contract negotiations did not turn out well.

General manager Joe Douglas and the New York Jets had one number in mind, the star safety and his agent had another. In the end, the compromise was an expensive one-year franchise tag, a tactic the NYJ front office could double down on in 2022.

Right now, the relationship between the two parties seems damaged, but not beyond repair. If the Jets decide to tag Maye for a second time next offseason, things may get ugly.

Watch the defensive star speak awkwardly on the tense matter below.

When pushed by the media during his July 31 press conference, the safety alluded that a tag-and-trade could become a possibility in 2022. “I mean I got what 17 weeks to be the best that I can be, and then once we get to that point, we’ll cross that line again,” Maye responded.