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Bears may be interested in Maybin

Apparently the Chicago Bears like highly drafted pass rushers who have shown no ability to rush the passer.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bears are discussing putting in a claim for Aaron Maybin, who was waived by the Bills on Monday.

Every NFL team has the opportunity to put in a claim for Maybin by 4 p.m. Eastern today. If multiple teams put in a claim for him, he’ll be awarded to the team that was highest in this year’s NFL draft order. If no teams put in a claim for him, he’ll become an unrestricted free agent.

A team that gets Maybin on waivers will inherit his contract, which actually isn’t that bad a deal: Although the Bills paid a fortune for Maybin after drafting him 11th overall in 2009, most of that money is already gone. He’s owed just $757,500 this season.

Maybin has zero sacks in his career, but if he does end up with the Bears, he wouldn’t be the biggest draft bust of a pass rusher on the team. That honor goes to Vernon Gholston, who was drafted sixth overall by the Jets in 2008 and also has zero career sacks.

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  1. willcool21 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:20 AM

    i read the article yesturday of the bills cutting him. Some guy commented that rod marinelli would be licking his chops. cudo’s to that guy lol

  2. darthhitman says: Aug 16, 2011 11:21 AM

    0 + 0 = Duh Bears!!!

  3. sevenwords says: Aug 16, 2011 11:24 AM

    This guy was probably the biggest bust in Bills history. He was absolutely manhandled in every game he played. The Bears should know since Barber ran right over him. Why anyone would want him is beyond me.

  4. biggerballz says: Aug 16, 2011 11:25 AM

    he’s still very young and has potential. The bears and peppers may be able to coax him in to being something.

  5. polishkingski says: Aug 16, 2011 11:27 AM

    the bears did go to the nfc championship game last season right?…..

  6. ninjapleazee says: Aug 16, 2011 11:27 AM

    They could use some linebacker help… pretty decent contract too.. 757 thousand for one year.. not bad at all.

  7. schmitty2 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:27 AM

    Well of course! I’m shocked how a team can go from NFC title game to putting together a group of overpaid underperformers in 7 months. Angelo needs to be taken out behind the woodshed

  8. rambo08 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:28 AM

    The all D-Line bust team?

  9. lumas101 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    Your team gives up nine sacks in one preseason game. Your opponent releases one of the few pass rushes who didn’t have any of those nine sacks and THAT’S the guy you want?

  10. bears0492 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    It’s called risk-reward. Low risk (less than 800k), high reward (he was a first round pick for a reason, you see first round busts becoming valuable players in new locations for various reasons). IE – Mike Williams, SEA

  11. scoops1 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:32 AM

    The Bears just don’t have a clue

  12. cletusvandam says: Aug 16, 2011 11:32 AM

    The theory here is if you sign enough D-Linemen an O-lineman is born

  13. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:36 AM

    This guy seems like he could be a good fit in Rod Marinelli’s Defensive system.

  14. brasho says: Aug 16, 2011 11:40 AM

    I’m not so sure of who the biggest bust is considering neither have ever sacked a QB in their NFL careers. Sure, Gholston was drafted a little higher, and has had one more year in the league, but they’re still active in the NFL and there’s lots of time for one of them to at least prove marginal.

    At this point, Maybin has the inside track on being the biggest bust. He weighed 249 at the 2009 combine… and reportedly can’t keep his weight at or above 230… Sounds like a sure recipe for disaster for a guy that is strictly a DE in the 4-3.

  15. careerender56 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:43 AM

    Talk about a rough offseason for Bears fans:

    Out: Kreutz, Olsen (whoever else i’m missing)

    In: R William, Gholston, Maybin

    its like Angelo and Lovie want to see how much htey can get away with before being fired.

  16. kennyrogerschicken says: Aug 16, 2011 11:44 AM

    Shocking. Maybe they should go out and grab an offensive lineman or two instead.

  17. orangeflh says: Aug 16, 2011 11:45 AM

    Silly Bears!

  18. svcfilmguy says: Aug 16, 2011 11:45 AM

    How often do first-round busts become legitimate talents on other teams? Very rarely. Mike Williams is the exception, not the rule. Odds are that the Bears are going to be disappointed if they have *any* expectations whatsoever of Gholston and Maybin.

  19. rockinron2 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:45 AM

    Man, if New England did this they would be saying how smart BB is for taking a small risk on a former first round pick. Sometimes guys just need a change of scenery, new coach in their ear, or the wake up call from being cut.

    It is training camp and they have 90 roster spots. Take a chance on 3 guys (Maybin, Gholston, and Okoye) and if 1 guy pans out you have a steal (Okoye looked good). Otherwise cut them and nothing much lost. If 2 guys pan out, you could even get a pick from a team with injuries (say Denver).

  20. mojosmagic says: Aug 16, 2011 11:53 AM

    Shows how desperate and without much second line talent the Bears are. Maybe a 7 win team if they get lucky.

  21. frankjenkins69 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:54 AM

    This guy must have been PED’ing at PSU and simpy cant risk failing the NFL drug test. Nobody drops 30lbs as they age unless they are trying, or coming off roids. Look at his height/weight, pretty much what Sean Taylor played at – AT SAFETY! Except Taylor could run a 4.4 40 and leap 40+ inches anytime he wanted – no way Maybin can do that.

  22. achap39 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:56 AM

    Anytime you can land a 228 pound LB who’s been an absolute bust (24 tackles, 0 sacks in 2 years), you HAVE to go after him!

  23. frankrizzo51 says: Aug 16, 2011 11:56 AM

    It’s a decoy. They’ll be signing Carlos Zambrano to play the line.

  24. jimmysee says: Aug 16, 2011 11:57 AM

    Bears do need someone to tend the lawn at Soldier Field.

  25. mike83ri says: Aug 16, 2011 11:59 AM

    This guy can’t keep weight on. You’re going to have a 225 lb DE as a backup to Julius Peppers, who weighs in at 285?

    He didn’t have the lateral quickness or ability to read a play’s development to convert to a 3-4 LB, and his size makes him get tossed around as a 4-3 DE.

    Talented guy, but just not build to be a football player.

  26. seytonmanning says: Aug 16, 2011 12:01 PM

    im sure a lot of teams “maybin” interested untill they see the numbers he put up

  27. darthhitman says: Aug 16, 2011 12:03 PM

    Look guys, the strategy Chicago is using by picking up DLine busts from other teams and trying to coach them up worked for Detroit last season. Lions picked up Corey Williams and LoJack cheap…but Detroit is showing they can coach guys up…Chicago traded their picks for Cutler and signed Peppersa to a huge deal ’cause they can’t coach up young talent. Lovie hasn’t shown he can in his tenure there while Mart and Marinelli showed how well they could in Detroit…0-16 anyone? They know the DL rotation is what makes Detroit’s line scary…keep trying to copy it Chicago…keep failing in your attempts Chicago

  28. simplesimon1 says: Aug 16, 2011 12:10 PM

    He may work out in Chicago, who knows. But Lord regret you actually fix the O-line. You let your center go because you didn’t want to spend an extra 500K, your QB’s were manhandled in the first preseason game by the Buffalo Bills pass rush (yes, that’s right, the Buffalo Bills), you let go both of your good TE’s, and the only real addition is Roy Williams (a move I actually like) and you address your problems by adding a bust of a LB that the Bills don’t even want anymore….Wow, just, wow!!!

  29. phillyphever says: Aug 16, 2011 12:10 PM

    As I said yesterday when the Bills cut him, he and Gholston should team up in Chicago to form the first “all bust” DE tandem.

  30. jpiro says: Aug 16, 2011 12:10 PM

    I have faith in Marinelli, but I don’t get this one at all. Okoye, hell yes. Gholston, ok. But a 228 lb. DE?

    They MUST be thinking he can play OLB.

  31. bills87 says: Aug 16, 2011 12:15 PM

    If the Bears pick him up, they will cut him by the end of camp.
    He is terrible. Worst draft pick in Bills history. At least Mike Williams started a few games.

  32. Kaz says: Aug 16, 2011 12:17 PM

    Okoye I understood. But not these other two. I swear I could get 1 sack in 3 nfl seasons. How can you not get any?

  33. ishallcomment says: Aug 16, 2011 12:19 PM

    darthhitman says:
    Aug 16, 2011 12:03 PM
    Look guys, the strategy Chicago is using by picking up DLine busts from other teams and trying to coach them up worked for Detroit last season. Lions picked up Corey Williams and LoJack cheap…but Detroit is showing they can coach guys up…Chicago traded their picks for Cutler and signed Peppersa to a huge deal ’cause they can’t coach up young talent. Lovie hasn’t shown he can in his tenure there while Mart and Marinelli showed how well they could in Detroit…0-16 anyone? They know the DL rotation is what makes Detroit’s line scary…keep trying to copy it Chicago…keep failing in your attempts Chicago


    Corey Williams is and was in no way a bust, he is a great 4-3 DT who was inserted into a 3-4

    LoJack (lol) was stuck behind Patrick Kerney, Carrol and the new regieme got rid of him to get “their own”

  34. jutts says: Aug 16, 2011 12:27 PM

    Leave it to Jerry Angelo and his buddy Tim Ruskell… I hope George McCaskey has more sense than his brother. Dump these clowns before its too late.

  35. gadzod says: Aug 16, 2011 12:43 PM

    Every team has an open waterboy position!

  36. simalex says: Aug 16, 2011 12:43 PM

    I like that he’s owed “just” $757,000 this season. That’s not a bad place to be when you’re terrible at your job and still getting paid that kind of bank.

  37. hobartbaker says: Aug 16, 2011 12:46 PM

    They can give Maybin the locker next to Gholston, so they can point at each other and laugh. Make them both feel a little better about themselves.

  38. dfwbillsfan14221 says: Aug 16, 2011 12:47 PM

    Yep, a 228 lb DE – He doesn’t fit anywhere and doesn’t have the speed or football instinct to convert to LB. The Bills tried that too. To the poster who said he was juicing at PSU – I have to agree something is very fishy that he can’t get his weight up to what it was in college.

  39. mavajo says: Aug 16, 2011 12:54 PM

    Gholston, and now Maybin.

    Hey, it worked so well with Gaines Adams last year. Oh…oops.

  40. philtration says: Aug 16, 2011 12:56 PM

    So the Bears let go of Kreutz and Olsen who were doing nothing for them and the Saints and Panthers some how got great players because they were former 1st rounders but this would be a bad move even though they could sign him for a lot less money?

    How did Kreutz suddenly become the bets pick up of the off season even though he signed for half of what the Bears offered him?
    His bluff and demand of more money for another bad season cost him his starting job and $2 million a year so who was the idiot here?

    By the way… the Bears have not even picked him up yet so this is just gossip.

  41. louisvillebear says: Aug 16, 2011 1:09 PM

    This website is getting quite old with their constant Bear bashing. The Bears are taking chances on past players that haven’t lived up to their potential, but are they being overpaid??? If they don’t work out, so what.

    The Bears did reach the NFC Championship game last year. Logic states they were only a few pieces short. As a Bears fan, am I happy with what pieces they decided to take? No, not all of them.

    However, this site and people that comment act like the Bears haven’t made the playoffs in over 10 years.

    Why don’t you go drag up another sorry a$$ Cutler bashing story so all your drones can make “funny” stupid ass comments.

    I guess if we picked up an ex-WVU player, we might actually get some positive press.

  42. bears12430 says: Aug 16, 2011 1:18 PM

    I would start out by putting Maybin on special teams just to see how bad he wants to be a professional football player.

  43. theravishingrachelnichols says: Aug 16, 2011 1:24 PM

    He was small at PSU, bulked up in 2-3 months before his pro day and shrunk again after entering the PED testing NFL.

    You do the math.

    – Lattimer

  44. jasonbournepe says: Aug 16, 2011 1:26 PM

    9 sacks given up in just the first preseason game, yet the Bears sign more defensive players….makes no sense.

  45. kraigk1 says: Aug 16, 2011 1:37 PM

    Maybe he can fatten up and fare better as a speed bump at OL?

  46. tothevictors says: Aug 16, 2011 1:47 PM

    First off, Mavajo mocking Gaines Adams, really you scumbag?!? The guy died, and was showing promise before his death. Real class move ya touchhole.

    Second, To address the”losses” during FA, come on really? Olsen is way overrated and is completely 1 dimensional. And he’s serviceable at best. As for Olin, man I lived the guy buy he has slipped FAR from his pro bowl form. I’m fine with Picking up Spencer (who I think will eventually start at C with Garza swinging back to RG unless LL really steps it up) Oh and what other lineman would any of you gurus h e picked up. The Bears made a play for Willie Colon but he wanted to stay in Pitt.

    Finally, what’s the issue with picking up a few talented albeit to this point underwhelming players. Omobi is going to be in a rotation behind Melton and Adams. Gholston showed some glimpse on Saturday and could fill in as a situational pass rusher. Maybin has speed but lacks bulk. Bulk we can do, get the training staff on his ass and we’ll see. He’s a 4-3 DE who ever thinks he’ll be a LB with Chi is crazy. If he can put in mass and perform great. If not, and this goes for them all, cut him and you didn’t really lose anything in the process.

  47. juiceboxsupply says: Aug 16, 2011 1:54 PM

    he would get completely manhandled when he weighed 250. i’m a bills fan and got to see him in camp this year and last. he is absolutely terrible. he’s afraid of contact and can’t move if you get a hand on him. there’s a reason he couldn’t get on the field for one of the worst defensive teams in the league. good luck chicago

  48. comeonnowguys says: Aug 16, 2011 1:59 PM

    These Lion comments are getting out of hand.

    I must have been in some bizarro world this past decade. One where the Lions were actually good and the Bears want to copy them.

    Or it could be Lions fans are running around more excited than a rich teenager in a brothel. Much like the teenager, they’ll find their bliss may be over much sooner than they expect.

  49. pbm984 says: Aug 16, 2011 2:18 PM

    For all those Bears apologists talking up the idea of picking up Maybin, where are you going to play him? He weights 228 lbs and lacks any lower body bulk. He weighs about as much as a strong safety. You can’t line him up at DE with that lack of size and strength. You can’t line him out at LB, considering he lacked the fluidity to play LB in a 3-4, yet alone in a Tampa 4-3 where he’d be expected to cover.

  50. rabidbillsfan says: Aug 16, 2011 2:44 PM

    Whoever said they should try him at ST, Buffalo did that too. But for some reason he always ran towards the opposite Goal Posts…

  51. sb50 says: Aug 16, 2011 2:55 PM

    Haha you guys can have him. Waste of money right there.

  52. buffalowned says: Aug 16, 2011 3:10 PM

    if his salary was $10, claiming him would be a waste of $10. the guy weighs 228 HAHA he has no future in the NFL unless he magically learns to play safety

  53. dino2997 says: Aug 16, 2011 3:24 PM

    Too many ignorant fans on here. Claiming him and him making the team are two different things. Final rosters have not been set.

  54. dfeltz says: Aug 16, 2011 3:49 PM

    darthhitman –

    Martz wasn’t coaching in Detroit when they went 0-16. Nice try though.

  55. suckittrebek76 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:02 PM

    I hear Justin Harrel is still available. That would be a good signing for the Bears.

  56. EJ says: Aug 16, 2011 4:22 PM

    When I saw Maybin at the Bills training camp in Pittsford, he was constantly running his hands over his hair. I think he was too worried about how he looked than how he played.

    One thing I did see at training camp was that he could catch a football. Maybe the Bears would be interested in turning him into a TE? I know it was considered here in Buffalo at one point(changing his position) but, Gailey hardly uses TE’s in his offense.

    Go Bills!!!!

  57. simplesimon1 says: Aug 16, 2011 4:47 PM

    @comeonnowguys :

    “Or it could be Lions fans are running around more excited than a rich teenager in a brothel. Much like the teenager, they’ll find their bliss may be over much sooner than they expect.”

    I can hardly wait for week 5. LOL….You Bears fans don’t have any idea how bad your team actually is. The Lions are an up and coming team. Your team just gave up 9 sacks to the friggin Bills. Preseason or not, that is utterly pathetic. It doesn’t even matter if Fairley is playing or not, Cutler may have his season end that day. Then all you making fun of how Stafford hasn’t stayed healthy can get a taste of your own medicine.

    I might get to see one of the biggest blow outs of the year live from Ford Field. And the Bears aren’t going to be happy at the end of it. Mark it down and remember I said it. The countdown to your teams implosion started in Preseason week #1 and will continue. Suck it up fighting with the Vikings at the basement.

  58. tothevictors says: Aug 16, 2011 5:33 PM

    Hey Simple, why not wait till your team does something worth while to trash talk. The Lions have been up and coming for 40 years. “If” they can produce this season then you can spew whatever idiotic and insanely grandiose hopes you may have for your team. A winning season would be a success for Detroit. Anything more is like hitting the flipping lotto. As of now your just paper lions, like every other team is during the bloody preseason. If history proves anything, the Lions will find a way to fail, hopefully I’m wrong because I’d love see the NFCN be the strongest division in football. That kind of competition can only help.

  59. 46defense says: Aug 16, 2011 6:45 PM

    How dare the Bears look at a former 1st round pick for little money! (sarcasm font)

    I remember hearing the up and coming lions talk after they luckily won 7 games in 07. I don’t remember how 08 turned out for them though…

    Talk all the crap you want, Cutler still passed for almost 400 yards on the Lions last year in week one, and why is anyone but Bears and Bills fan actually commenting in here?

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