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Report: Jets to use first-round RFA tender on Maybin

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In 2009, the Bills made linebacker/defensive end Aaron Maybin a first-round pick.  After two seasons, the Bills gave up.

The Jets provided Maybin with a second chance.  When the time came to trim the roster down to 53 in early September, the Jets gave up.

But the Jets ultimately gave Maybin yet another second chance.  And he flourished, picking up six sacks in 13 games.

The Jets plan to use the high restricted free agency tender on Maybin in 2012, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.  As a result, Maybin will be entitled to a one-year salary in the range of $1.3 million, the Jets will have a chance to match any offer Maybin accepts with another team, and the Jets ultimately will be entitled to receive a first-round pick as compensation if the Jets choose to let Maybin walk.

Not bad for a guy who didn’t start a single game last season.  And who has only one career start.  And who had zero sacks in 27 games before 2011.

UPDATE 3:28 p.m. ET:  Mehta has updated his story to explain that the Jets plan to use the “original-round” tender on Maybin, which entails a lower tender than the high tender.  Since Maybin originally was drafted in the first round, the Jets can secure first-round compensation for roughly half the price.  A review of the convoluted language of the CBA on this point suggests that, indeed, the Jets are able to do this.

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34 Responses to “Report: Jets to use first-round RFA tender on Maybin”
  1. paleandpasty says: Feb 24, 2012 2:02 PM

    Since this is the Jets I am going to assume that this move is probably a mistake.

  2. raven410 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:04 PM

    I can say with 100% certainty that Maybin will remain a Jet this season.

  3. downsouth49er says: Feb 24, 2012 2:05 PM

    Ha ha okay Jets…good luck with trying to swindle a team out of a 1st rd pick for that guy.

  4. upyoursnfu says: Feb 24, 2012 2:05 PM

    Wasn’t this guy on waivers about 8 months ago?

  5. EJ says: Feb 24, 2012 2:06 PM

    Not a single team in the whole NFL will offer Maybin a contract. The Jets have him, no matter what…
    The Bills screwed up by drafting that lazy, overpaid, weak fool. Now the Jets will waste more money on him. Coverage sacks, thats all they are.

  6. tluke25 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:13 PM

    Now that Rex has secured Maybin, will he now give us a Super Bowl guarantee? C’Mon!

  7. sicklife1 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:15 PM

    @EJ

    You sound like a bitter Bills fan. I watched Maybin play every game, and trust me, they weren’t coverage sacks. It’s all about the system for Maybin. The Jets play the perfect attacking style that fits his skills. That’s all. He played well last year, but definitely needs to bulk up & better condition himself for a 16 game season. He disappeared at the end of the year and wasn’t really a factor.

  8. ampats says: Feb 24, 2012 2:21 PM

    Tannenbaum’s great personnel moves continue. Good thing he locked up Tone and guaranteed his contract.Now Maybin. How many teams were willing to give up any draft picks for a bust that was a one year wonder?

  9. jakek2 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:21 PM

    “Flourished with 6 sacks”?
    —————————————-
    What does that make Jared Allen’s 22 sacks? Is there a verb in the English language that makes the word “flourish” over 3x more powerful? I just blew my own mind.

  10. buffbacker says: Feb 24, 2012 2:22 PM

    The guy is strickly a situational player. Only on the field for 3rd and long or passing downs. He has ZERO runstopping ability and NO recognition of plays. Even on Special Teams he was a liability. Nuff Said!

  11. lolb23 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:24 PM

    Jim Schwartz would make Maybin a star. Maybe Mayhew can swindle him for a 5th on draft day

  12. transam7816 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:24 PM

    I’m with downsouth. Nobody will give up a first rounder for a once failed player who did decent in 1 year who maybe benefitted from the scheme. Jets could be scared of this guy falling flat on his face next year and trying to get the most for him. Losers

  13. majbobby says: Feb 24, 2012 2:34 PM

    Why not use the low tender. You get original round pick back if signed. It would be less money than using the 1st round tender.

  14. cannonballdookie says: Feb 24, 2012 2:45 PM

    Bills will match the offer and trade their first round pick for him, it’s gonna happen!

  15. j3ts83 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:47 PM

    jakek2 says:
    Feb 24, 2012 2:21 PM
    “Flourished with 6 sacks”?
    —————————————-
    What does that make Jared Allen’s 22 sacks? Is there a verb in the English language that makes the word “flourish” over 3x more powerful? I just blew my own mind.

    ___________________________________

    Have to love the uninformed idiot Jet haters. Maybin had the most sacks and QB pressures per play in the entire NFL. He was labeled a bust who never recorded a sack before the Jets. Go read the previous threads about Maybin before he produced for the Jets. Eat crow, morons.

  16. jf203 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:47 PM

    I guess I have to educate the misguided nimrods…Maybin got 6 sacks with not one other legitimate pass rush guy opposite in him in passing situations.. The Jets know they have to get a Pass Rushing DE/LB in the first round or through free agency…herego…when that happens QBS cannot roll out to the other side like they did all year to avoid him (because NOONE blocked him) and when the other pass rusher comes….he will get 10 sacks with other guy getting 10
    END OF LESSON

  17. rajbais says: Feb 24, 2012 2:47 PM

    Penn St. defensive lineman suck!!!

    That’s why it was called “Linebacker U”!!!

    Tamba Hali and Aaron Maybin are better linebackers than defensive ends!!! It looks like they went back to “Linebacker U” to learn the position. All PSU defensive lineman should be declared undraftable.

    Look at Courteney Brown, Michael Haynes, Jimmy Kennedy, … Lou Benfatti.

  18. duneroad says: Feb 24, 2012 2:49 PM

    Maybe the Bills will sign him

  19. We'reFineThere says: Feb 24, 2012 2:49 PM

    As obvious as this sounds, Maybin is actually pretty good when he is unblocked. If he lines up way outside of everybody he can be an impact player.

  20. jf203 says: Feb 24, 2012 2:49 PM

    MAJBOBBY

    Feb 24, 2012 2:34 PM
    Why not use the low tender. You get original round pick back if signed. It would be less money than using the 1st round tender.”

    DONT give out misinformation son

  21. beavertonsteve says: Feb 24, 2012 2:52 PM

    To prove that their original use of a first round pick on Maybin was not a mistake the Bills have announced they will be signing Maybin to a long term deal and sending their first round pick to the Jets.

  22. skeefe1976 says: Feb 24, 2012 3:05 PM

    “majbobby” doesn’t work that way…Jets didn’t draft the stiff, Bills did.

  23. skeefe1976 says: Feb 24, 2012 3:07 PM

    This is the kind of stuff that makes me love being a Patriots fan in the AFC East

  24. damnws6 says: Feb 24, 2012 3:13 PM

    Also, the reason they used the term “flourished” in the article, is while it was only 6 sacks in 13 games, he was not a starter like Allen. He only played 10-15 plays a game. So from that sample size, he flourished.

  25. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 24, 2012 3:19 PM

    He had a solid year with the Jets. No team will give the Jets a first round pick but the one year $2.5 million is a no risk deal for the jets.

  26. tigerlilac says: Feb 24, 2012 3:29 PM

    Whatever you think of Maybin, this move does not make much strategic sense. Do the Jets really believe he is worth $2.5MM? Aren’t the Jets trying to free up cap space? If they tendered him at a second round level they would have given themselves two potential positive outcomes, getting him for less cap space in 2012 or getting a 2nd round pick (unlikely but you never know).

    The only reason to tender him at the first round is to ensure he stays on your roster or because you think he is worth more than a second round pick. Would the Jets go out today and acquire Maybin for a second round pick? I think not.

  27. modehead says: Feb 24, 2012 3:30 PM

    @SickLife1

    Bills fans have been saying “Maybin needs to bulk up” for 5 years. He’s young enough to hit another growth spurt, but he’s probably not ever going to put on the weight he needs to actually succeed.

  28. modehead says: Feb 24, 2012 3:33 PM

    @jf203

    Maybin had Aaron Schobel (Pro-bowler, multiple 10 sack seasons etc) lining up across him for a few years. It didn’t matter.

    Please stop banking on this guy Jets fans. It makes you look bad.

  29. bigbrad184 says: Feb 24, 2012 3:46 PM

    I had heard via Matt Maiocco at CSN Bay Area that a team can only receive compensation under the “original round” tender if that player was still under his original rookie contract. That is obviously not the case with Maybin so I think if they want to protect him with a first round pick they would have to use the more expensive tender.

  30. jakek2 says: Feb 24, 2012 4:33 PM

    j3ts83 says:
    Feb 24, 2012 2:47 PM
    jakek2 says:
    Feb 24, 2012 2:21 PM
    “Flourished with 6 sacks”?
    —————————————-
    What does that make Jared Allen’s 22 sacks? Is there a verb in the English language that makes the word “flourish” over 3x more powerful? I just blew my own mind.

    ___________________________________

    Have to love the uninformed idiot Jet haters. Maybin had the most sacks and QB pressures per play in the entire NFL. He was labeled a bust who never recorded a sack before the Jets. Go read the previous threads about Maybin before he produced for the Jets. Eat crow, morons.
    ——————
    @j3ts83 – Chill dude. I was only making a remark about the use of the word “flourish”. I know the slightest perceived rub is taken by Jets fans as though a fresh dump was made on the logo at the 50 yd line but trust me, as a Giants’ fan, your team doesn’t even register the faintest blip on my radar of caring.

  31. friznitz5 says: Feb 24, 2012 4:37 PM

    —————————————–
    “Penn St. defensive lineman suck!!!

    That’s why it was called “Linebacker U”!!!

    Tamba Hali and Aaron Maybin are better linebackers than defensive ends!!! It looks like they went back to “Linebacker U” to learn the position. All PSU defensive lineman should be declared undraftable.

    Look at Courteney Brown, Michael Haynes, Jimmy Kennedy, … Lou Benfatti.
    ——————————————

    PSU will have a 1st round pick from the DL for the 3rd consecutive draft when Devon Still gets selected in the 1st round this year. Tough to say that “sucks.”

  32. catquick says: Feb 24, 2012 10:37 PM

    Sicklife1…I watched Maybin last year also and at least 4 of his 6 sacks came after he ran past the qb, ran backward and came back forward to sack a qb who held the ball for 5-6 seconds or more. He’s a stiff, He got those sacks because the linemen lost sight of him from all the running around and thought the ball was gone. It was usually in garbage time when the other team was trying desparately to make a comeback in a game who’s conclusion was forgone, He never did it under any pressure. Never.

  33. nyjalleffingday says: Feb 25, 2012 3:03 AM

    Psh, it hardly matters whether they were coverage sacks or not, Maybin got them, and the guy he replaced couldn’t. As for the first round tender, it’s because they find him to be worth the money, and they obviously like what they have in him. The point is nobody will bite on the first so the Jets get to keep him, and if any team is dumb enough to make a move, the Jets come away like bandits.

  34. footballfan80 says: Feb 26, 2012 10:36 PM

    Maybin was great for most of the season. Tailed off a bit in the final weeks but definitely cant complain. I love the Jets haters who never even saw any of his sacks but can say with certainly they were coverage sacks. Time to watch games instead of just guessing what happened in them.

    The best evidence we have that Maybin is a good player, other than than the way he performed last year is the fact the Bills cut him. The Bills have to be one of the most inept franchises over the last decade so, although they did almost have one playoff appearance in that span. Just kidding,they were never close.

    All you need to know about the Bills as an organization is the way they handled Fitzpatrick last year. You have a journeyman QB who was never a started, play well against atrocious defenses for 6 games and they award him with a nice contract. Then he ended up sucking again when the games got more important and he played against better defenses. Instead, why not wait a bit to see how things turn out? If he sucks, you dont give him a contract, and if the plays well the whole year and they make the playoffs for the first time in eternity, you award him with a contact that is no greater than what they gave him 6 weeks into the season, when they vastly overpaid.

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