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Source: Jets cut OLB Aaron Maybin

New York Jets' Aaron Maybin talks to reporters

New York Jets' Aaron Maybin talks to reporters in the Jets' locker room. (Jan. 2, 2012) Credit: AP

The Mayhem Era has ended.

The Jets cut Aaron Maybin on Tuesday, a source told Newsday -- the same day he was scheduled to appear at a Jets charity event in the Bronx supporting the Food Bank for New York City.

The outside linebacker -- who was a healthy scratch Sunday in Seattle -- received a call about his release shortly after arriving at the Jets charity event. He promptly left.

Unfortunately for Jets fans, Maybin garnered more attention in the newspapers than on game day. The outside linebacker, drafted 11th overall by the Bills in 2009, was widely considered a bust after failing to live up to the first-round hype. But Rex Ryan and the Jets took a chance, making him their third-down pass rush specialist last season.

The move initially paid off, as Maybin led the defense with six sacks. But he's been virtually a ghost ever since. He had just one tackle (and no sacks) in eight games, prior to being benched against the Seahawks in favor of the recently-promoted Ricky Sapp.

But Maybin's lack of on-field contribution didn't stop him from talking to the media. A lot.

He recently drew the ire of Miami center Mike Pouncey after saying the Jets wanted to "knock out" Reggie Bush "legally" in their Week 8 rematch. Upon hearing that, Pouncey went off on ESPN NY radio, calling Maybin "a joke."

"For Aaron Maybin to open his mouth, I just don't understand it." He then called Maybin "one of the biggest busts in NFL history."

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