Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills waived former first round pick Aaron Maybin. The player referred to as Aaron “Maybe” by disappointed Bills fans cleared waivers Tuesday afternoon and is now free to sign with any team. But would he make a good project for the Dallas Cowboys?
Maybin’s release seems to be more about results than effort. The Bill’s coaching staff admitted that the former Penn State defensive end worked hard and did everything they asked of him, but ultimately they just didn’t see any improvement. The major knocks on Maybin are his inability to play run defense and his weight fluctuations. Both issues were clearly addressed in the below video link from the 2009 Draft, so the Bills knew they had a lot of work to do when they choose him with the 11th overall pick.
But it seems that the Bills just ran out of patience. And if you review Maybin’s career stats, you’d understand why. In 27 career games, the first rounder only posted 22 tackles with no sacks. He only appeared in 11 games last year and played mostly on special teams. It sounds like the Bill’s coaching staff gave up on him pretty early on last year. But was it too early?
Now after reading that, I can already hear your collective answer to the title question. No way! But consider the fact that Maybin has played under two different coaching staffs in his first two years as a pro. He also came out of Penn State after just three years and was a redshirt freshman. And he had less than one full year of experience as a starter for the Nittany Lion before he was drafted. This kid is raw. But he did lead the Big 10 in sacks just two years ago with a total of 12 in only 10 games. Recently, one NFL scout was quoted as saying that what Maybin needed most was a good “kick in the butt”.
It’s obvious that Maybin needs to be in a more stable environment in order to be developed. But is that place in Dallas under Rob Ryan? Well, there may just be a possible opening for a project player like Maybin at defensive end.
Igor Olshansky’s recent demotion to a back up role could be a sign that Dallas maybe looking to make a major move at that position.
As it stands, the Cowboys have Marcus Spears at right end as Kenyon Coleman starts at left. Jason Hatcher and Olshansky would back them up respectively. And Sean Lissemore would be third string.
What’s intriguing is that Lissemore has flashed a lot of potential and could compete with Olshansky for that back up role. If so, the $7.7 million Dallas is expected to pay Olshansky in the next two years could too much for the cap stricken Cowboys to ignore, especially for a bench player.
That then could open the door for a developmental player like Maybin, who would probably sign for the league minimum. Rumor has it that 5 to 6 teams have already made offers to Maybin today, so Dallas would have to act quickly. What do you think? Is he worth it?
Should Dallas pick up former first round pick Aaron Maybin?
- Yes, he'd be a good prospect (71%, 196 Votes)
- No, he's not worth it (29%, 81 Votes)
Total Voters: 276