Jets Waive Aaron Maybin; Sign RB Kahlil Bell
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The mayhem has come to an end for the New York Jets. For now at least.
The Jets announced they have waived linebacker Aaron Maybin on Tuesday amid a three-game losing streak. Dubbed at the start of the season as their top pass-rushing threat, Maybin failed to produce a sack in eight games in 2012.
He earned that label coming into this season after reviving his career with the Jets — providing a team-high six sacks and four forced fumbles in thirteen games in Green and White. A former 11th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft from Penn State, Maybin was cut from the Buffalo Bills before initially joining the Jets on August 17, 2011.
His performance in 2011 earned a pay raise from the Jets to the tune of one-year, $1.015 million contract with a $325,000 signing bonus and a $75,000 roster bonus.
His one tackle in 119 defensive snaps this season is a bit misleading as he ranks fourth on the team with nine quarterback hits. The team chose to go in the direction of Maybin’s training camp roommate, Ricky Sapp, for their designated speed rusher. Sapp was activated to his first NFL game for last week’s 28-7 loss in Seattle in favor of Maybin, who was made inactive.
By being waived, and not cut or released, the possibility of Maybin returning for a cheaper price once clearing waivers is there.
The move makes room for running back Kahlil Bell, who was signed from the Chicago Bears Tuesday after working out for the Jets as NFL Network’s Jason La Confora reported. Bell, a fourth year back from UCLA, has played in two games this year gaining 33 total yards. La Confora also reported that Steve Slaton was also being worked out at the team’s Florham Park facilities. Slaton has spent time with offensive coordinator Tony Sparano’s schemes when the two were together in Miami.
Bell offers insurance to a depleted Jets backfield that features beat-up back-ups Bilal Powell (concussion) and Joe McKnight (high-ankle sprain). Bell could see playing time in Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.
EXTRAS: Jets have placed DB Isaiah Trufant on injured reserve with a left knee injury Tuesday. Trufant injured his knee on the first play of Sunday’s loss against the Seahawks.
He was originally signed to the Jets practice squad (12/08/10) before joining the club’s active roster (12/30/10). He has seen action in 23 regular season games, mostly on special teams, racking up 21 special teams tackles. In his only start as a Jet (vs. NE, 10/21/12), Trufant collected six tackles, including two for a loss.