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.
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 HIGHLIGHTS: 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.