While Marvin Lewis continues to stress that the Bengals will try to re-sign their own free agents this offseason, Adam Caplan of the Sideline View is reporting that they won’t be doing so for starting middle linebacker Rey Maualuga:
While speculation continues in regard to the future of Cincinnati Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga, it’s likely that the team will pass on re-signing the fifth-year pro, a source with the knowledge of the situation said.
Maualuga played in a career-high 1025 snaps during the 2012 season, but struggled with game-to-game consistency. The former second-round pick out of the 2009 NFL Draft started all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career.
Caplan also believes that the Bengals already have his replacement lined up, making it easy to decide now to let Rey go:
With Maualuga likely gone, the team is expected to move second-year LB Vontaze Burfict to the middle. Burfict not only made the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason, he won the starting WLB job as a rookie. Burifct, who was not drafted, wound up starting 14 games and participated in 886 snaps last season.