Maybin joins Bengals as a free agent for 2013 … A first-round Buffalo draft choice in 2009, he has 48 career NFL games, split between Bills and N.Y. Jets … Led Jets in 2011 in sacks, QB hits and forced fumbles … Played in eight games for Jets in 2012, ranking fifth on the team in QB hits (nine) and logging four tackles … Released by Jets on Nov. 13 of last season.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Drafted by Buffalo in first round (11th overall) in 2009 … Signed with Bills on 8-21-09 … Waived by Buffalo on 8-15-11 … Signed as free agent with N.Y. Jets on 8-17-11 … Waived by Jets on 9-4-11 … Re-signed with Jets as free agent on 9-28-11 … Re-signed with Jets as restricted free agent on 4-16-12 … Waived by Jets on 11-13-12 … Signed with Bengals as a free agent on 1-25-13.
2012 RECAP: Opened preseason with Jets … Played in all four preseason games … Played in Games 1-8 of regular season, with nine QB hits (fifth on team) and four tackles … Two tackles Sept. 23 at Miami … One tackle Sept. 30 vs. San Francisco and Oct. 14 vs. Indianapolis.
PREVIOUS SEASONS: 2009—First-round Bills pick missed the first two preseason games due to contract negotiations, but played in every regular-season game, logging 16 tackles … Had a forced fumble on special teams.
2010—Played in 11 games for Buffalo, posting six tackles.
2011—Waived by Buffalo during training camp, then signed with Jets as free agent … Waived in final cuts, then re-signed with Jets prior to Game 4 and saw action in the last 13 games, leading the team in sacks (6.0), QB hits (24) and forced fumbles (four) … Played his first Jets game Oct. 2 at Baltimore and had a third-down sack of Joe Flacco … In home win Nov. 27 against his former Buffalo team, sacked Ryan Fitzpatrick twice on third-down plays … Helped seal win Dec. 4 at Washington with a fourth-quarter sack of Rex Grossman that Jets recovered at Redskins nine, setting up a TD.
COLLEGE: Played 26 games with 10 starts at Penn State prior to entering NFL Draft following his junior season in 2008 … Made all 10 of his starts as a junior, playing defensive end, and earned multiple first-team All-America selections, including Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America and CBSSports.com … Had 12 sacks for 78 yards in losses as a junior, and led team in tackles-for-loss with 20 for 94 yards.
PERSONAL: Hometown is Baltimore, Md. … Attended Mount Hebron High School; earned second-team all-state honors … Majored in integrative arts and communications at Penn State … Cousin, Cameron Maybin, has played major league baseball with three teams — Detroit Tigers, Florida Marlins (now Miami) and San Diego Padres … Established Project Mayhem non-profit foundation, which provides personal and economic aid to underprivileged and at-risk youth.
Aaron Maybin may be on the NFL's comeback trail, but he realized the dream of a child Friday when he became a Marvin Lewis SAM linebacker after signing a deal with the Bengals that puts him on the roster as of Feb. 4.