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Aaron Maybin clears waivers

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Any team that wanted Aaron Maybin at his 2011 base salary of $757,500 could have had him. And no team wanted him.

Maybin cleared waivers today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Maybin is now an unrestricted free agent.

That says a lot about just how disappointing Maybin has been since the Bills took him out of Penn State with the 11th overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft. It’s extremely rare for a player to be waived just two years after being a high first-round draft pick, and also extremely rare for a talented 23-year-old to hit the open market.

Now we’ll see whether any NFL team is willing to give Maybin another chance, or whether the 27 games he played for the Bills will be the only 27 games of his NFL career.

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46 Responses to “Aaron Maybin clears waivers”
  1. edmazeing1 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:32 PM

    Team are not playing any more Jamarcus now maybin, pretty soon a bust draft pick will be release after one year!!!

  2. gcsuk says: Aug 16, 2011 5:33 PM

    Congrats, Aaron. 23 years old, totally useless at your job, and I’m sure you couldn’t care less. Congratulations on your early retirement.

  3. gtorlone says: Aug 16, 2011 5:33 PM

    The misconception with Maybin is exactly what you wrote. “…extremely rare for a talented 23-year-old to hit the open makret.” While 23, and on the open market, Maybin is far from talented at the game of football.

  4. dawkinseffect says: Aug 16, 2011 5:34 PM

    Eagles could use another body.

  5. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 16, 2011 5:35 PM

    I don’t care how much talent you have. When you’re 228 lbs and a DE your not gonna make it on any team. Not saying I wouldn’t give him a chance, but he has a lot of work to do.

  6. firedude7160 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:40 PM

    Someone is going to take a chance on this kid. He is only 23 years old, and got drafted by a crappy team. Given the right coach, and veteran locker room leadership, he could be a very solid player

  7. cappa662 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:44 PM

    Where is the outcry for the Bills not honoring their side of the contract at?

  8. skinsdiehard says: Aug 16, 2011 5:45 PM

    He’s suited for a 4-3 defense. The 3-4 was not a fit for him. I wish him the best.

  9. talkintrashallday says: Aug 16, 2011 5:45 PM

    “talented 23-year-old ”
    ^ LMAO!!!!

  10. mike83ri says: Aug 16, 2011 5:50 PM

    For all the garbage about the new Rookie Wage scale being ‘better protection against busts’, the Bills would have been on the hook for all four years of his contract fully guaranteed.

    Under the new terms, they’d have to pay Maybin about half as much, but they’d be on the hook for the full four years even if they cut him after 2.

  11. pftrumors says: Aug 16, 2011 5:53 PM

    Maybin?

    More like Trashbin

  12. pftrumors says: Aug 16, 2011 5:55 PM

    Although judging by his haircut. He might have a promising future in the barbershop industry.

    He can still take about split ends but in a different capacity.

  13. ajknox88 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:04 PM

    Maybe he should go see Clay Mathews and figure out out to “gain” some weight.

  14. raynman49 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:06 PM

    Kinda makes ya wonder about the weight loss. Scared of testing??

  15. buffalose says: Aug 16, 2011 6:09 PM

    firedude: you probably havent seen him play but if he was good enough to get coached up and be solid on another team, then he would have been good enough to at least play on kick offs.
    Howabout he looks up Jauron’s number, hes the one who had to have him.

  16. deadeye says: Aug 16, 2011 6:09 PM

    “Where is the outcry for the Bills not honoring their side of the contract at?”

    ================================

    Maybin had a weight clause in his contract that allowed the Bills to waive him should he get too light to play DE. Besides, Maybin got a signing bonus that he doesn’t have to give back.

  17. cmich2006 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:17 PM

    “….and also extremely rare for a talented 23-year-old to hit the open market.”

    Problem is he isn’t extremely talented. His game was based on quickness in college and that has been neutralized in the NFL. Plus he isn’t a high motor guy.

  18. bills87 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:17 PM

    This guy got lucky. Ive watched him for the last two years. He will not be successful in this league plain and simple. He just does not have what it takes to play in the NFL.

    He’s not strong enough. He’s not fast enough. He lacks football IQ. He’s food at two things: overrunning plays and getting blown up and pancaked. He couldn’t even make the Bills special teams squad an would have been a healthy scratch all year last year and only played because all of our other LBs were hurt. He can’t play DE in a 4-3 because he is too small and too weak.

    Congrats Maybin for hitting the lottery.

  19. normthegreycat says: Aug 16, 2011 6:22 PM

    Maybin Gholston

  20. lionfan419 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:24 PM

    Geez i was hoping the Lions would at least try the kid. KVB and SUH could motivate him

  21. satanphoenix says: Aug 16, 2011 6:26 PM

    @cappa662

    Maybin got over 15M GUARANTEED plus a couple of million more in gamechecks.

    Maybins options now are Find a way to get bigger or have a nice life

  22. phillyphever says: Aug 16, 2011 6:29 PM

    dawkinseffect says:
    Aug 16, 2011 5:34 PM

    Eagles could use another body.

    I rather have Hugh Douglas come out of retirement than sign Maybin.

  23. raijinnokumo says: Aug 16, 2011 6:33 PM

    Yet another cautionary tale against drafting PSU players.

  24. humb0lt says: Aug 16, 2011 6:39 PM

    Maybin will find a home with the Oakland Trainwreck. Al loves to overpay underachieving high draft picks in favor of letting Pro Bowlers go to other teams.

  25. maddenp6 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:44 PM

    firedude7160 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 5:40 PM
    Someone is going to take a chance on this kid. He is only 23 years old, and got drafted by a crappy team. Given the right coach, and veteran locker room leadership, he could be a very solid player

    …………………………………….

    Not playing for a “crappy team”, having the “right coach”, or “veteran leadership” can’t help you when you’re drastically underweight to play the position he was drafted to play. That being said, his weight wasn’t his biggest issue. He lacked the talent and acumen to play the game of football. You couldn’t even move him to safety. Moreover, he wasn’t even good enough to play special teams. This was his fate no matter who drafted him. Firedude7160, you cleary have no grasp of this game. Get a clue.

  26. sdw2001 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:54 PM

    You might be a TARD if:

    –You think you know enough to claim Maybin, a former first round draft pick, as “no football talent.”

    –He’s done in the NFL.

    For christ’s sake, these are the same people that think Rex Grossman had a point.

  27. EJ says: Aug 16, 2011 6:56 PM

    Too worried about his looks, not how he plays. If he would of asked, i’m sure Talley or one of the ex-Bill greats would have taken him under their wing and taught him how to play the game. He must not have wanted to improve himself. Its his fault he is a free agent now.

    Good luck Aaron, take the money you received and invest it. Until you show you want to improve, your SOL.

  28. billsin20xx says: Aug 16, 2011 6:56 PM

    - Bill’s might be a crappy team but they are getting better, especially giving up on a 225 lb lb/de.
    - As for honoring the contract he basically had a guaranteed contract, he was paid all his money up front and his contract for the last two years was only at $770k.
    - He isn’t a bust for not working hard like a Jamarcus. He did work hard, but he worked so hard he couldn’t keep any weight on.
    -Why would anyone who would want him not claim him on waivers? Isn’t he pretty much at the veterans minimum now.

  29. theduuuuuuuuuude says: Aug 16, 2011 6:58 PM

    Bet the Bills wish they could take this one back. They whiffed on Maybin and any competent G.M. wouldn’t go anywhere near this guy and risk making the same mistake. Even offering Maybin the league minimum would be waste. You either have what it takes to be an NFL player or you don’t, and those who don’t get rooted out pretty quickly. It’s been painfully clear to Bills fans that Maybin just doesn’t have it. Hell, I bet he’d even struggle to make it onto a CFL roster at this point (ok, maybe that’s a little overboard, but he still sucks too much to play in the NFL)

  30. mousetrap08 says: Aug 16, 2011 6:58 PM

    The ufl might sighn him as a water boy

  31. scudbot says: Aug 16, 2011 7:00 PM

    From the NFL’s Combine profile page: “Always runs straight upfield, allowing tackles to direct him around the pocket. Demoted to backup status during the week of the Rose Bowl for undisclosed reasons.” Selected by: Buffalo Bills, Round: 1, Pick (Overall): 11 (11). Truth is stranger than fiction when it comes to some GMs.

  32. flavordave says: Aug 16, 2011 7:03 PM

    Perfect, and I mean perfect, example of why a rookie wage cap was needed. 15 million+ for nothing.

  33. scudbot says: Aug 16, 2011 7:03 PM

    humb0lt says: “Maybin will find a home with the Oakland Trainwreck.” He doesn’t run fast enough for Al. 40 time: 4.89. He ought to sky up to Seattle, where no tryouts are necessary.

  34. lance19 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:08 PM

    Can any hardcore Bills fan tell me,
    is he a Buddy Nix error,
    or is someone else clearly to blame?

  35. pjxii says: Aug 16, 2011 7:24 PM

    The ufl might sighn him as a water boy

    ——————————————————

    Bobby Boucher (aka Water Boy) plays football much better than Maybin.

  36. tlaw21 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:37 PM

    The Bears should sign him they’ve already pickd up Gholston and Okoye(spelling) so why not pick him up from his house the “scrapbin”

  37. rayguyreturns says: Aug 16, 2011 7:46 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Maybin will find a home with the Oakland Trainwreck. Al loves to overpay underachieving high draft picks in favor of letting Pro Bowlers go to other teams.
    _____________________________________

    Don’t you just love when the trolls surface?

    How’s that overpass looking?

  38. stubbyjones says: Aug 16, 2011 7:48 PM

    lance19 says:
    Aug 16, 2011 7:08 PM
    Can any hardcore Bills fan tell me,
    is he a Buddy Nix error,
    or is someone else clearly to blame?
    ——————————————

    This one is all on Dick Jauron..he had the final say. Also sharing the blame was Tom Modrak and Russ Brandon. Brandon was acting GM who was clearly out of his element. Brandon is a marketing guy and is still with the Bills in that capacity. Modrak has been since fired and Jauron is the DC of the Browns after holding the DB coach position the year prior. He was fired as the Bills head coach. It was an awful pick.

  39. stubbyjones says: Aug 16, 2011 7:49 PM

    Sorry..posted too fast. It meant to read Jauron was the DB coach for the Eagles the year prior.

  40. bigyellow83 says: Aug 16, 2011 7:59 PM

    Hey lance19

    Maybin was pre Nix, he was Jauron’s mistake.

  41. jutts says: Aug 16, 2011 8:17 PM

    I am surprised Jerry Angelo and the Bears haven’t signed him yet. Angelo and Ruskell are trying to save their jobs by bringing in a whole slew of former first rounders. The problem is the guys they are bringing in are all Busts….

  42. lance19 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:33 PM

    That’s what I’d heard…
    that Nix wasn’t the one to blame,
    but I don’t follow the Bills closely.

    I never thought I’d utter this phrase,
    but “Thanks, Stubby.” :)

    (you too, yellow)

  43. maddenp6 says: Aug 16, 2011 8:48 PM

    Brandon was way out of element as GM. But he’s a marketing genius that the Bills should hold onto for as long as they can.

  44. dumbaseinstien says: Aug 16, 2011 8:53 PM

    “cappa662 says: Aug 16, 2011 5:44 PM
    Where is the outcry for the Bills not honoring their side of the contract at?”

    Did you even graduate highschool…because you clearly don’t know didly squat about business. Don’t you know that contracts will always have non-performance clauses that allow teams (or companies) to release a player (or employee) if performance is below standards. Duh!

  45. billsin20xx says: Aug 16, 2011 9:51 PM

    Wow, a lot of wrong info here.
    Maybin was drafted by our hero, Marv Levy, when he was running the team as president with jauron as his coach.

    brandon has nothing to do with it.

  46. polishkingski says: Aug 16, 2011 11:14 PM

    he was so awful that (and i truly mean this) he might have done this just to go to a different team. he was bad beyond belief if you saw him play.

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