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Former 2009 first-round pick Aaron Maybin retires

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Former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin retired from football Tuesday just five years after being selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills.

His retirement was announced by the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.

The 2009 NFL Draft class certainly won’t be remembered as one of the most productive drafts in history. Maybin is just one of several duds from the first round of that draft. Only six of 32 selections have made at least one Pro Bowl appearance in five seasons. Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji is the only member of the Top 10 to earn a Pro Bowl selection.

Maybin joins former Seattle Seahawks fourth overall pick Aaron Curry as players from the 2009 class already out of football.

Maybin, selected 11th overall by the Bills, played just two seasons in Buffalo before being released. Maybin signed with the New York Jets and was made into a rush linebacker in Rex Ryan’s defense. Maybin had a somewhat productive first season with the Jets, picking up six sacks – the only six of his NFL career – and four forced fumbles.

Maybin appeared in just eight games the following season and recorded just one tackle before being released. He spent training camp with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2013 but didn’t make the team. He played last season for the Argonauts.

Maybin appeared in 48 games with just 36 tackles, six sacks and five forced fumbles in four seasons played.

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39 Responses to “Former 2009 first-round pick Aaron Maybin retires”
  1. doe22us says: May 13, 2014 10:49 PM

    I thought he retired a long time ago, i occasionally see him in Baltimore. Wow, that class was horrible.

  2. chaseutley says: May 13, 2014 10:50 PM


  3. buffalowned says: May 13, 2014 10:57 PM

    Guy had one good year in college. Put on like 20 pounds of muscle before tearing up the combine and could never sustain that weight in the NFL…interesting

  4. primenumber19 says: May 13, 2014 11:02 PM

    Still makes gholston look like a superstar

  5. ariani1985 says: May 13, 2014 11:07 PM

    Join BJ on the worst defense in the league, at least you can start.

  6. classyjacklambert says: May 13, 2014 11:12 PM

    This draft just goes to show that no one knows what the ef is gonna happen when players reach the next level.

  7. skins716 says: May 13, 2014 11:15 PM

    hope he saved that money like a bo$$

  8. eaglefan94 says: May 13, 2014 11:17 PM

    I feel fortunate the eagles were able to land Maclin and McCoy. No doubt one the worst drafts in recent memory. So disappointing

  9. tolan04 says: May 13, 2014 11:17 PM

    Could have had orakpo. He’s right up there with mike williams.

  10. rams1999 says: May 13, 2014 11:34 PM


  11. billybone says: May 13, 2014 11:35 PM

    The first round of 2009 has to be the worse of all time. There are bound to be a few busts but that one almost bit all 32 teams.

  12. f1restarter says: May 13, 2014 11:36 PM

    “Only six of 32 selections have made at least one Pro Bowl appearance in five seasons.”

    And of those six, two were drafted by the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers.

    Ted Thompson = best GM in football.

  13. catquick says: May 13, 2014 11:47 PM

    Thank you Curtis, for showing him in a Jets uniform instead of a Bills. It hurts enough as it is.

  14. 49erfan44 says: May 13, 2014 11:56 PM

    What a dud draft.

  15. valcomm5 says: May 14, 2014 12:03 AM

    Did he retire? Or realize that he sucked? That year was the epitome of a bad draft!!!

  16. jrcoop says: May 14, 2014 12:08 AM

    Another stellar first round pick by the Bill’s and free agent pick up of the Jets. Really, it just goes to show what a crap shot the draft is, as he was highly touted by the “draft experts”, and that a draft class can’t be graded immediately.

  17. russellwestbrooksucks says: May 14, 2014 12:34 AM

    Talented painter.

  18. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 14, 2014 1:04 AM

    More time for painting, which he seems talented at. He wasn’t a great player in the NFL, but I wish him well. Seemed like a good dude.

  19. td30 says: May 14, 2014 1:16 AM

    there’s a difference between retiring and washing out of the league

  20. deinoslogos says: May 14, 2014 1:34 AM

    He didn’t retire, he quit.

  21. yesser12 says: May 14, 2014 1:46 AM

    Guess he will be a painter.

  22. jackvcr says: May 14, 2014 2:00 AM

    Ah, the Argonauts – known affectionately in Canada as the Are No Goods. Seems a fitting team for Maybin.

  23. edelmanfanclub says: May 14, 2014 2:30 AM

    Combine freak reach that didn’t pan out

  24. bigdaddyrockytop says: May 14, 2014 2:56 AM

    Funny according to the Vikings fans all first round picks will be HoFers.

  25. zeeman911 says: May 14, 2014 3:51 AM

    Total buuuuuuust!

  26. unfortunatelyabillsfan says: May 14, 2014 5:22 AM


  27. dcapettini says: May 14, 2014 5:23 AM

    A pretty lame draft over all. Stafford, Sanchez and Freeman were the QBs taken in round 1. There were some players though. Orapko, Cushing, Mack, Harvin, Maclin and Matthews went in the round. Not much later either.

  28. dynaco says: May 14, 2014 5:26 AM

    I would get dizzy watching him talk. Nice guy though.

  29. jammer88 says: May 14, 2014 5:42 AM

    and who will be the next NFL dud? My guess is manziel.

  30. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 14, 2014 6:16 AM

    Not surprising at all to see that Mr. Ted Thompson was able to find one of the few stars from that draft class.

  31. bonerchamp says: May 14, 2014 6:29 AM

    Maybin is the poster child for Bills ineptitude.

  32. wildcatjoe says: May 14, 2014 6:32 AM


  33. dentak says: May 14, 2014 7:26 AM

    Of course some of the 3rd graders who regularly post here will use the their usual juvenile, lame comments. I couldn’t care less about Maybin but the guy lasted 3 years in NFL and made a million plus. All of us would take that.

  34. exboomer says: May 14, 2014 7:46 AM

    What a waste of a 1st rd pick! He was all talk no action for the Bills and he is a prime example of why Whaley fired Tom Modrak when he took over.

  35. lenbias34pt says: May 14, 2014 7:59 AM

    A reflection of our times.

    Many of these guys never loved the game enough to do the extra work, and once they get paid sick $ they lose a big motivator.

    In everyway he was a great draft choice…….other than character.

    Earn your money.
    Sense of accomplishment.
    Happy life

  36. mood4amelody says: May 14, 2014 9:14 AM

    And this is why kids need to graduate from college before declaring draft eligibility. Go to any major city and see how many former draft prospects are working as bouncers. Nothing is promised, and the league is a hell of a height to fall from back to reality.

  37. djshnooks says: May 14, 2014 2:36 PM

    We barely knew ye, Aaron.

    Enjoy painting and classical music…maybe Erik Flowers and Mike Williams will join ya.

  38. raiderapologist says: May 14, 2014 8:53 PM

    Come on, Khalil Mack…don’t be Curry Maybin.

  39. cavington says: May 15, 2014 2:20 PM

    If I were the GM the Bills would have had Haloti Ngata and Orakpo instead of the two players they picked. Plus the Bills would’ve resigned Pat Williams all those years ago and never traded up for McCargo or JP Losman. I have no experience and have never played a down of football. Yet I would’ve been better at selecting players than the top of professional brass for a professional football team. I’m willing to bet there are a bunch of armchair GM’s out there that would’ve been able to come to the same conclusions.

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