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Friday, January 25, 2013
Bengals sign linebacker Aaron Maybin

By Jamison Hensley

The Bengals continued their offseason hobby of picking up former first-round picks, adding linebacker Aaron Maybin on Friday.

Maybin has been a first-round bust who has not lived up to the expectations of being the 11th overall pick by the Bills in 2009. In 48 games, he has totaled 36 tackles, six sacks and five forced fumbles.

He showed promise in 2011, his first season with the Jets, when he had six sacks and four forced fumbles. But the Jets cut him in November after Maybin had one tackle and no sacks in eight games.

There's no risk involved in the Bengals signing Maybin. The Bengals have a need for linebackers with two outside ones (Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson) becoming unrestricted free agents.

This falls in line with what Cincinnati did last season. The Bengals signed six former first-round picks: cornerbacks Adam Jones and Jason Allen, safety Reggie Nelson, defensive lineman Jamaal Anderson and defensive end Derrick Harvey.

Of that group, only Jones and Nelson became impact players. Based on Maybin's history, I suspect he'll follow the path of Harvey, who failed to make the regular-season roster.