Cincinnati Bengals: The Linebacker Conundrum

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga (58) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

 

My guess is if the Bengals do sign Dansby, they’ll play him on the outside and Burfict in the middle. Maualuga even said last season that Burfict knew Mike Zimmer’s defensive system better than he did. Then it would come down to whether the Bengals wanted to play Dansby at SAM and draft a rookie to play the WILL, or play Dansby at WILL and move Maualuga back to SAM.

 

Reedy also went on to write that this was the best move for Maualuga:

Most, including me, thinks it would be best for Maualuga to move back to SAM, where he was solid in 2009-10. As Pro Football Focus likes to point out, his grades across the board were better at SAM and he was more effective in run stopping. Moch remains an unknown and struggled last year in training camp before showing good flashes of play in the preseason, where he had 3.5 sacks. He can be an effective third down pass rusher but he also has to remain healthy.

 

I wouldn’t expect to see any linebackers signed prior to the NFL draft. Mike Brown will always look to pay a younger, cheaper, more-talented rookie before paying millions to an aging veteran. Depending on how the draft goes, we could expect to see one of these free agent linebackers signed, but no more than one.

 

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