By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Miami Dolphins have signed free agent linebacker Rey Maualuga. He comes to the team after playing his entire career with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Maualuga is the latest veteran presence to sign with the team recently. Adam Gase, Dolphins head coach, also convinced Jay Cutler to come out of retirement to sign a one-year deal.
It’s also likely a one-year deal for Maualuga. He had a workout with the team on Wednesday.
In March, he was released by the Bengals due to salary cap reasons. The 30-year-old was the Bengals second-round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft.
He played in 14 games, including six starts with the Bengals last season. He had 17 tackles, an interception and two pass deflections.
In his career, he has appeared in a 114 games, including a 104 starts, with 353 tackles, seven interceptions, 23 pass deflections, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
This is a move the Dolphins hope will reinforce their linebacker group following the season-ending loss of rookie Raekwon McMillan. He suffered a season-ending knee injury.
He’s reportedly going to be the team’s starting middle linebacker. Maualuga is expected to play on primarily run downs.
While Maualuga will make just $900,000 on the one-year deal, he’ll only count $615,000 against the salary cap.
Maualuga is expected to play in 25 to 30 plays per game, according to the Dolphins plans for him. He’s already familar with Matt Burke, who was previously his position coach with the Bengals and is now the Dolphins defensive coordinator.
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