ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Buffalo Bills DE Aaron Maybin will sign a five-year deal on Friday. Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com cited unconfirmed reports that a deal was done late Thursday night, but the first confirmation that a deal was done came via WR Terrell Owens, who congratulated Maybin via Twitter and informed us that Maybin will be joining the team on Friday.
Pretty strange way to go about things, but thanks for the news anyways, Mr. Owens. Maybin's four-week holdout is officially over.
Maybin is very likely to begin practicing on Monday; he likely will not participate in today's practice or in this weekend's pre-season game in Green Bay. As it stands right now, Maybin will have three full weeks of practices and two pre-season games with which to prepare for the Monday Night Football season opener against New England on September 14.
Maybin, a 6'4", 250-pound defensive end drafted No. 11 overall out of Penn State, is expected to provide the Bills' lackluster pass rush with a shot in the arm in his rookie season. Though he never entered a season as a starter in college, Maybin registered 12 sacks as a redshirt sophomore last season, and shot up draft boards due to his tremendous athleticism. His holdout is lessened in severity by the fact that, due to the presence of several veteran defensive ends, Maybin won't be counted on as an every-down end, nor as a starter.
Though he has sacrificed some popularity in the court of public opinion, Maybin now has an opportunity to begin making amends. Sacking Tom Brady on Monday Night Football would be a fantastic start.