While most people around the Bengals organization expect the team to move weakside linebacker Vontaze Burfict to the middle and the incumbent Rey Maualuga to the outside, they may try to bring in someone from the outside, via free agency or the draft, to take over the middle. Apparently, former Oakland Raiders MLB Rolando McClain could be a candidate:
Hearing #Bengals mulled trade for Raiders LB Rolando McClain before he got cut, but there doesn’t appear to be interest as of now.
— Geoff Hobson (@GeoffHobsonCin) April 9, 2013
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport also reported Monday that McClain already has received three offers from interested teams.
McClain isn’t exactly the ideal candidate to be the QB of Mike Zimmer’s defense, as he’s had had multiple run-ins with the law, as well as missing 10 games over the past three seasons due to injury or team discipline. He did finish as Pro Football Focus’ 11th-best MLB out of 53 eligible players, so clearly there is a lot of talent there for the third-year man out of Alabama.
Still, this is a case of where the Bengals should pass and opt for either a rookie in the draft, or move Burfict to the middle.