Can '09 Bills count on Maybin? Maybe not

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The biggest knock on Aaron Maybin heading into the draft was that he was an unproven, unripened prospect. Not only was Maybin a starter at defensive end for only one season at Penn State, but he also turned pro with two years of eligibility left.

Maybin needed the intensive instruction of an NFL training camp. Defensive end isn't a position that allows newbies to step on the field and shine right away.

The Buffalo Bills drafted Maybin with the 11th overall pick -- eschewing the tackle many draft analysts thought they'd select -- and had high hopes for him to help energize a toothless pass rush.

But a story from Associated Press reporter John Wawrow casts a dubious shadow over what kind of impact Maybin can make as a rookie.

Training camp has been lost for Maybin. He's one of only three first-round picks who haven't signed a contract.

The Bills break camp from St. John Fisher College on Wednesday, and Wawrow reports contract talks have stalled. The story notes "Maybin has missed 21 practices, 15 walkthroughs, countless film study sessions and two preseason games" since the Bills opened camp July 25.

"If the guy's not on the roster, you don't have plans for him," Jauron told Wawrow on Tuesday. "We'd love to get him in as soon as we can. I know they're working at it, and I know our people are certainly working at it. I hope it happens fast."

It's no coincidence that one of the other two holdouts is receiver Michael Crabtree, the 10th overall pick of the San Francisco 49ers. Crabtree reaching terms first would benefit Maybin financially because Maybin's agent would use that contract to bargain with the Bills.