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Jets LB Maybin signs 1-year RFA tender
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin signed his one-year restricted free agent tender on Monday, as expected, and returned to the team after a breakout season.
Maybin announced on Twitter that he signed the tender as the Jets players reported for voluntary workouts. The tender was worth $1.26 million, his original first-round draft level.
Maybin was a first-round pick of Buffalo, No. 11 overall, in 2009 but struggled to get playing time in two disappointing seasons with the Bills. He was waived last August and signed by the Jets, but cut after training camp ended. New York re-signed him in late-September and Maybin ended up leading the Jets with the first six sacks of his NFL career.
Richardson was a fifth-round pick of Oakland in 2007, and played three seasons with the Raiders. He signed with Seattle in 2010 after being waived by Oakland, and played in seven games with the Seahawks. Richardson, who has seven sacks in 55 games, didn't play in the NFL last season.
Smith, a fifth-round selection of Dallas in 2009, has also spent time with Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit. He has 16 tackles in seven NFL games, all with the Lions.
Updated April 16, 2012