|Maybin's back with Gang Green. (US PRESSWIRE)|
The Jets have signed linebacker Aaron Maybin three weeks after releasing him, the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta reported Wednesday morning. Maybin, originally the Bills' ninth-overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, struggled in Buffalo and was cut in July shortly before training camps opened. During his two years with the Bills, Maybin started just one game and didn't register a sack.
That the Jets showed interest in Maybin shortly after getting rid of virtually the same player in Vernon Gholston was something of a mystery, although head coach Rex Ryan has had some success with reclamation projects (particularly during his days as a defensive assistant with the Ravens).
Back on August 18, Ryan had high hopes for Maybin. "He has no clue -- he doesn't know a single defense -- but it's like, 'Hey, just turn that corner' -- and he did that pretty good," Ryan said after Maybin's first practice -- an impressive showing with the third string.
But Mehta reports that during final cutdowns, the Jets viewed Maybin as a luxury; he was released because of needs at other positions. The Jets told Maybin that they'd like to bring him back if the chance arose, and when a roster spot opened up this week after offensive lineman Rob Turner landed on injured reserve, that's just what they did.
Mehta also describes Maybin's brief stint with the Jets during the preseason as "impressive … showing his edge pass rushing skills in two preseason game appearances. He had 1 1/2 sacks in the preseason finale against the Eagles."
Maybe Ryan was able to get something out of Maybin that the Bills couldn't, but the roster math just didn't work out at the time. Now that it does, perhaps Maybin will find a permanent home in New York.
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