New York Jets Release LB Aaron Maybin, Sign RB Kahlil Bell

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New York Jets Release LB Aaron Maybin, Sign RB Kahlil Bell
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According to multiple sources, the New York Jets have waived outside linebacker Aaron Maybin after a disappointing first half of the 2012 season.

Maybin's spot on the roster was taken by former Chicago Bears running back Kahlil Bell.

The surprising move was first reported by Connor Orr, of the Newark Star Ledger via Twitter.

After recording just one tackle in the first eight games of the year, Maybin was inactive against the Seahawks last week.  His spot in the lineup taken by Ricky Sapp.

Maybin was one in a long line of players who disappointed this season with the Jets.  

One of the few bright spots last year when he recorded six sacks and forced four fumbles, Maybin was supposed to see an increased role in 2012.  His production in an extremely limited role in 2011 earned him a chance to become a major contributor at outside linebacker in an expanded role.

However, the league seemed to catch up to Maybin's techniques and the undersized linebacker was unable to adjust.

Maybin played a total of 119 defensive snaps this year according to ESPN's Rich Cimini.  That accounted for 21 percent of the team's defensive plays over the first eight games.

Newsday's Kimberley A. Martin reported via Twitter that Maybin was at a Jets community service engagement today when he found out about his release.

Bell played 21 games for the Bears from 2009-2012 and was released after Week 4 this season.  For the Bears this year, Bell had 32 yards on 12 attempts.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2009 out of UCLA, Bell started three games for the Bears during his tenure there.  

His best game came in Week 16 of the 2011 season when he rushed for 121 yards on 23 carries against the Green Bay Packers.

Bell, who could play a valuable role as Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell are both suffering from injuries, doesn't have a rushing touchdown in his NFL career despite having 131 carries.

When given the chance, Bell has shown an ability to play a role in the passing game.  Over the final four games of the 2011 NFL season, Bell accumulated 19 receptions for 133 yards.

To put things in perspective, Shonn Greene and Powell have combined for 17 catches this entire season.

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