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Bengals release LB Rey Maualuga

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The Bengals are the only NFL team Rey Maualuga has known.

That is about to change.

Cincinnati announced Saturday it has parted with its long-time linebacker. Maualuga, a second-round pick in 2009 out of USC, has spent his entire eight-year career with the club.

There were clues, however, there wouldn’t be a ninth.

The Bengals added former Cardinals linebacker Kevin Minter a week ago. Maualuga, 30, is coming off a season in which he started a career-low six of 14 games played. In all, he started 104 of 114 games for Cincinnati, racking up 580 tackles, four sacks, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles.

Maualuga also was entering the final season of a three-year contract. It featured a $3.15 million base salary and $300,000 workout bonus due in 2017.

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39 Responses to “Bengals release LB Rey Maualuga”
  1. lionsnati0n says: Mar 25, 2017 3:31 PM

    Perfect for what the Lions need if he can pass a phsy and appears healthy

  2. stoneydog1000 says: Mar 25, 2017 3:46 PM

    Good luck, Taz!

  3. Exapno Mapcase says: Mar 25, 2017 3:46 PM

    The Bengals are thrilled to occupy the league’s Mediocre Middle and know they can’t beat the Steelers, so they might as well save a little money while they’re at it.

  4. dirt2013 says: Mar 25, 2017 4:04 PM

    The Bengals just got smarter as a team plus penalties should go down. They may miss the dirty play however.

  5. chuckxx says: Mar 25, 2017 4:06 PM

    My how the once “Mighty” continue to fall. Big Name Players that continue to look for new homes abound. Adrian Petersen, Jammal Charles, Tony Romo, Kap, and many others too numerous to mention.

  6. dryheaveone says: Mar 25, 2017 4:11 PM

    and Belichick gets ready to pounce……

  7. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 25, 2017 4:15 PM

    He’s on his way to Miami no doubt.

  8. billbrasky72 says: Mar 25, 2017 4:21 PM

    We’ll soon find out what Mike Zimmer thinks of him.

  9. war27 says: Mar 25, 2017 4:23 PM

    RM just dropped what he was doing.

  10. laserw says: Mar 25, 2017 4:37 PM

    Great move – one of the dirtiest players to ever play the game and really untalented as a football player.

  11. yahdoood says: Mar 25, 2017 4:47 PM

    Hello Rey, Bill Belichik on line one. What’s your ring size again?

  12. PFT loves the Steelers says: Mar 25, 2017 4:48 PM

    What an up and down career. When he “fell” to the 2nd round, the Bengals (and the fans) thought we were getting a future star. He never blossomed into that. He was a solid 2 down run thumper for 6-7 years. A total liability on pass downs, which he came off the field for over the last several years. He rarely wore the headset, that responsibility fell to Dhani Jones, then Burfict (who plays WLB). He had a couple off field incidents early…punching a bartender, and running into parking meters drunk. He’s been clean off the field for a good while now though. Overall, I’ll have positive memories of him, but he wasn’t anything special, and now he’s looking washed up and overweight.

  13. celebrateafterthehit says: Mar 25, 2017 4:49 PM

    Always liked him. Was bot a dirty player. I think someone was confused. But was always overweight. If henlined you up he would hurt you but too many missed tackles and couldn’t get off blocks. Smart move

  14. PFT loves the Steelers says: Mar 25, 2017 4:51 PM

    Maualuga wasn’t dirty. Not many Bengals players are, outside of Burfict. The Bengals aren’t like the Steelers, where dirty play is systematically taught to all players. The Bengals have one enforcer and a bunch of dudes that loath the Steelers.

  15. ariani1985 says: Mar 25, 2017 5:11 PM

    If he was 38 and crippled turd nation would sign him, turd Thompson loves old leftovers!

  16. shoesfinest says: Mar 25, 2017 5:15 PM

    Good move for the Bengals. Our defense looked old and slow last year. Personally, I would cut Pacman and Michael Johnson as well. Still need Offensive line help!

  17. bondlake says: Mar 25, 2017 5:28 PM

    4 sacks in 8 years?


  18. painsyndicate says: Mar 25, 2017 5:30 PM

    Not many Bengals players are, outside of Burfict.
    Pacman Jones?

  19. peytonwantsaflag says: Mar 25, 2017 6:00 PM

    Not much funnier than Bengal haters trying to be clever and snarky and don’t have a clue on who they are even talking about. There’s, what? Three comments on here at least that are confusing Ray with vontaze Burfict.

  20. dcpatfan says: Mar 25, 2017 6:25 PM

    the epitome of average

  21. pittsburghdamned says: Mar 25, 2017 6:31 PM

    Dazzling career stats

    He’ll make a fine tour boat captain in Honolulu

  22. shoesfinest says: Mar 25, 2017 6:45 PM

    Reuben Foster just was slotting in as the no 9 pick in the draft. Bengals are going young and fast on defense.

  23. cincy85 says: Mar 25, 2017 6:46 PM

    I’ll miss Rey he was pretty solid on running downs just never seemed to keep up in the passing game. Not real sure why people keep calling him dirty (maybe thinking of Burfict) I wish him luck and thanks.

  24. drewbrewer says: Mar 25, 2017 7:29 PM

    The Pats should pick this guy up immediately!

  25. truesteelblue says: Mar 25, 2017 8:03 PM

    Wish we had more cap space to go after him. Good player non stop motor, liability in coverage though would like to see him anywhere but the afc south. Afc south will not be the cellar dweller this yr mark my words

  26. samoanjungle says: Mar 25, 2017 8:08 PM

    Thanks for all you did Rey.
    I’m thinking he may be a better fit in a 3-4 Defense now on the inside.
    He isn’t a pass rusher but he is strong up the middle.

  27. mysterytonite says: Mar 25, 2017 8:11 PM

    Solid two down MLB who brought the wood. Marvin stuck with him and he played well for a period of time. Never athletic enough in coverage but was still a solid player. I wish him well.

  28. gbags17 says: Mar 25, 2017 8:25 PM

    Jerk move to cut a 8 year vet like Rey this late into free agency. They should have cut pacman for his crap play on and off the field. I might be done rooting for this team.

  29. rockbot69 says: Mar 25, 2017 8:46 PM

    9ers go get him for some 2 down thumper action! Lynch do it!

  30. crownofthehelmet says: Mar 25, 2017 8:55 PM

    I’m sure teams will be lining up to sign a mediocre player with nothing but playoff losses to his name.

  31. A happy green parrot says: Mar 25, 2017 10:12 PM

    Exapno Mapcase says:
    Mar 25, 2017 3:46 PM
    The Bengals are thrilled to occupy the league’s Mediocre Middle and know they can’t beat the Steelers, so they might as well save a little money while they’re at it.

    What exactly are the Bengals and Steelers competing over? Bragging rights?

  32. b412 says: Mar 25, 2017 11:24 PM

    Good luck Ray. I was always a fan but the truth is he really hasn’t brought the wood the last couple of years. Most fans would have been happy to see him released in 2014.

  33. rutchaser says: Mar 25, 2017 11:36 PM

    Hate that Marvin is coming back again. It’s beyond old and pretty much all that matters as far as this team is concerned.

    AlsoRey likes to drink and is overweight because of it.

  34. joetoronto says: Mar 26, 2017 6:19 AM

    They’llk replace thius turd with another turd, it’s the Bungals way.

  35. whatjusthapped says: Mar 26, 2017 8:41 AM

    If his cap # is a mere $3M, the Bengals must think he is done or overweight because that’s not a lot of money for a starter at any position much less LB.

  36. jerruhjones says: Mar 26, 2017 9:55 AM

    The Bengals are thrilled to occupy the league’s Mediocre Middle and know they can’t beat the Steelers, so they might as well save a little money while they’re at it.

    That’s funny. Stoolers are one of the dirtiest playing teams in the NFL. From the coach on down.

  37. quizguy66 says: Mar 26, 2017 2:28 PM

    fascinated to see some of the reactions – Bengals fans largely think this move is a year late. Interesting to see fans of some teams clamoring to add him. A decent situational backup to add for a little more than the vet minimum at this point. Was decent but didn’t live up to the expectations of Bengals fans ultimately.

  38. wtfru2 says: Mar 26, 2017 2:36 PM

    Chad Greenway replacement ~ Zimmer already knows what he can do~~~

  39. natijim235 says: Mar 27, 2017 11:03 PM

    stud at USC mediocre in Cincy

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