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Rey Maualuga re-signs

March 20, 2013

The Bengals have been pretty quiet thus far in free agency.   With their main focus is retaining their own they did so today by bringing Rey Maualuga for a 2 year 6.5 million dollar deal.  While Coaches Marvin Lewis, Mike Zimmer, and owner Mike Brown have all been very supportive of Rey since day 1 the fans on the other hand have not.  The fans were losing patience on him this past year and then they lost all hope in the wildcard loss to the Texans when Arian Foster torch the Bengals and exposed Rey weaknesses to full extent.

Maualuga spent his first two seasons at outside linebacker before starting the past two at middle linebacker.  Last season, Maualuga was ranked the worst inside linebacker by Pro Football Focus. He missed 16 tackles, tied for fifth most for NFL inside linebackers, and committed six penalties, which was the second highest.

“Rey has been a fine young player for us, and he continues to grow on and off the field,” said head coach Marvin Lewis. “He is passionate about becoming a great player, and we’re excited to have him back as we work with these signings to keep our defense together.”

What does this move mean for the rest of FREE AGENCY, DRAFT, & 2013 SEASON?

Most people are predicting that they’ll move promising linebacker Vontaze Burfict to inside (MIKE) and have Rey Maualuga move back to outside linebacker (SAM) where he played his first two seasons.  But Marvin Lewis shot that down today by saying if Maualuga would move to SAM: “I don’t anticipate any change. I think things will be good the way they are.”  As far as rest of free agency goes don’t expect them to sign any more linebacker unless they play outside, look for them to possibly bring back Thomas Howard once they figure out what they’re doing with Andre Smith, Adam Jones, & Terence Newman.  As far as the draft linebacker is still consider a top need outside of secondary and possibly a complimentary running back.

Here are the current Bengal linebackers under contract heading into 2013:

Vontaze Burfict – 2nd year – OLB

Brandon Joiner – 1st year  – OLB

Emmanuel Lamur – 2nd year – OLB

Rey Maualuga – 5th year – ILB

Aaron Maybin – 5th year – OLB

Dontay Moch – 3rd year – OLB

Vincent Rey – 3rd year – OLB

J.K. Schaffer – 1st year – MLB


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