It's not often that the 11th overall draft pick is waived two years after he was drafted. Then again, it's not often that a defensive end/linebacker shows up to camp at 228 pounds.
But that, so far, is the story of Aaron Maybin's career. Drafted as a pass-rush specialist out of Penn State, Maybin has recorded exactly zero sacks in two years. In that same time, he has 15 solo tackles. It's probably safe to say that the Bills expected a little more. Here's what Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix had to say upon Maybin's release:
"I don't know what scheme he fits at that size, unless you're a strong safety or something," said Nix. "He says it's his metabolism and maybe that's what it is, but he couldn't hold weight. He was 250 when we saw him at the combine and he was 228 this fall. Now he goes up and down some, but not very high."
So, who's in the market for a 228-pound, non-pass-rushing pass rusher with a metabolism problem? Anyone? Anyone? Chicago Bears it is! From Vaughn McClure and Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune:
According to multiple sources, the team has had discussions about Aaron Maybin, who was waived by the Bills on Monday. All indications are the 11th pick of the 2009 draft wants to play for defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
It's easy to poke fun at the Bears, especially since they're also providing employment to Vernon Gholston, who was also drafted as a pass rusher and produced zero sacks (he's at four years and counting). But there's not a lot of risk to picking up Maybin, even if someone claims him off waivers and takes responsibility for his contract. He's making less than $800,000 this season.
You pick him up, see if you can figure out a way to use him, and if you can't, you cut him after the season, and you're out nothing. That's probably the most likely scenario, but you're desperate for a pass rush. Why not see if Rod Marinelli can work some magic with him? And if he keeps dropping weight, then maybe you end up with a serviceable nickel back.