Jets to sign OLB Maybin

Posted Aug. 17, 2011 @ 12:53 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 12:53 p.m. ET Wednesday, Aug. 17

After the failed Vernon Gholston experiment, Rex Ryan is going to take his chances with another first-round bust: former Bills OLB Aaron Maybin.

According to multiple reports, Maybin will take a physical and is expected to sign with the Jets on Wednesday. It was first reported by ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.

Ryan confirmed that a deal was in place at his Wednesday press conference.

"I think he's got some talent, some pass rush ability," Ryan said about Maybin. "We don't need him to be a starter. He loves style of how we play. He looks at himself as he can come in here and have a great experience. I think he's right."

The Bills cut Maybin on Monday and he cleared waivers Tuesday without a claim. The No. 11 pick in 2009, Maybin does not have a single sack in 27 games. At 6-4, 228 pounds, Maybin did not have a spot in the Bills' defense.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey was asked about Maybin earlier in camp and didn't sound confident in Maybin putting it all together.

"He has to become a consistent player against the run and a consistent pass rusher. He has work to do. He's not there yet. So we will see how he continues to develop but he has a long way to go," said Gailey.

The Jets cut Gholston before the lockout, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft. In his three seasons with the Jets, he did not record a sack and is now with the Bears.

The way we see it

Ryan and the Jets appear confident that Maybin could work in their system as a situational pass rusher. With Jason Taylor gone, there isn't a whole lot behind starting OLBs Calvin Pace and Bryan Thomas. The team likes its backups, Jamaal Westerman and Garrett McIntyre, but both players are inexperienced. The Jets are taking a chance on Maybin turning things around in their system.