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Should The Cowboys Consider Safety Marcus Maye?

Outside of retaining their franchise quarterback, adding talent to their weak defense should be the Dallas Cowboys’ top offseason priority. And despite issues both at defensive tackle and linebacker, filling in the back-end of their secondary probably tops that list of needs.

Luckily for America’s Team, this offseason features a loaded safety class. One which the Cowboys should look to dip their toes into and spend a little money in order to improve their team.

If they’re looking to improve their 2021 roster without sacrificing their future value at the position, Jets safety Marcus Maye could be the perfect solution to the team’s safety woes.

The former second round pick of the Jets was largely overshadowed by Jamal Adams nationally during his time there, but he’s proven to be a solid safety in his own right.

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New York Jets’ safety Marcus Maye (20) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf (14) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

And, honestly, he’s proven to be a much better fit with what the Cowboys are going to need out of their safety than Adams would have been. Maye was the fourth highest graded overall safety by Pro Football Focus in 2020, and finished with 2 interceptions and 11 pass deflections. He’s a bit of a more traditional safety than someone like Adams, with the ability to play over the top in deep third or middle of the field coverage.

Letting Marcus Maye play in coverage while Donovan Wilson is the team’s hard hitting box safety would be a nice combination for the Cowboys to have going forward.

The Cowboys 2020 season will go down in history for two things: horrible injury luck and a putrid defense. While their run defense may have taken the cake, they couldn’t stop the pass very well either.

Marcus Maye would immediately help out a pass defense which is barren on talent and numbers, while still being youthful enough to be considered a building block for the future of the team.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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  1. Yeah I think this is the way we should go , he a seriously underrated safety , not just cuz of Adams , but cuz of the perception that all the Jets players are just TRASH which isn’t necessarily true , in particular for Maye IMO

    If you wanna say Maye is trash just cuz the defense he plays with is trash , then you can say the same thing about Mathieu and the Chiefs D

    yeah , no one says Mathieu trash , so yeah , this guy , if Dallas can get him , i’d 100% go for it , he what we looking for in safety anyways with these rookies so why not get someone who’s pretty much a proven product ?

  2. There’s no way we could get him!! For one, I don’t see the jets letting him walk, they don’t have much on defense, so why would they let one of the best players on their defense leave!?
    And 2, even if for some odd reason they do let him walk, I doubt we’ll be able to afford him!! We’re already gonna have to restructure a bunch of our players contracts just to sign/tag Dak, and that will take most of our money doing that, so I don’t think we’ll be able to afford him!!
    And then 3…. And the most important thing is that Jerry and Steven don’t ever go after high priced free agents anymore, and I’m thinking that if for some reason the jets are dumb enough to let him walk, he’ll price himself out of our price range!!
    Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to get Maye, but there’s just too many things pointing towards us not getting him!!

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