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Rey Maualuga | Linebacker

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/20/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 255
College: USC
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According to Pro Football Focus, Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga missed 14.8 percent of his tackle opportunities in the 2013 regular season.
Maualuga missed on 13-of-88 tackle opportunities in 13 games. Only Mychal Kendricks (16.5) and Derrick Johnson (16.4) missed tackles at a greater clip among inside linebackers. One season removed from being PFF's lowest graded inside linebacker out of 53 qualifiers, Maualuga again proved to be a liability. Mar 21 - 1:46 PM

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Beat writer Coley Harvey suggests Rey Maualuga (knee) won't return to an every-down role once healed.

Backup Vinny Rey has been a revelation, forcing the coaches to keep giving him snaps no matter what. Over the last two games, he's racked up 27 tackles, three sacks, one interception and four pass breakups. It's the kind of production Maualuga has never been able to muster. Expect the snaps to be split fairly evenly once the Bengals come out of their bye.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 12:15:00 PM

Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga (knee) is tentatively expected back after the Week 12 bye.

Maualuga is dealing with a sprained MCL. It leaves the Bengals without three of their core defenders in Maualuga, Geno Atkins and Leon Hall. Backup DT Devon Still (elbow) is also sidelined. Once an elite unit, the Bengals defense is shaping up as one to attack from a fantasy perspective as they head into a Week 10 game at Baltimore.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 09:48:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga's sprained MCL is expected to sideline him 3-4 weeks.

It's good news that Maualuga has avoided a torn ACL, but he'll likely miss all of November, as the Bengals are on bye in Week 12. Maualuga has graded out as a bottom-10 inside linebacker in Pro Football Focus' ratings. Vontaze Burfict should hold down the middle, with Michael Boley manning the weak side.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 03:03:00 PM

Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga has been diagnosed with a MCL injury.

It's a relieving diagnosis for the Bengals and Maualuga. Things looked bad as he crumpled to the turf and had to be carted off Sunday. We'll have a timetable once the Bengals determine the severity of the sprain.
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 12:56:00 PM

Bengals MLB Rey Maualuga was forced from Sunday's Week 8 game against the Jets with a left knee injury.

Maualuga and Chris Ivory collided at the line of scrimmage like two rams locking horns. Maualuga lost the battle and went limp as he crumpled to the ground. The cart came out for the 26-year-old and he was taken away. Michael Boley took Maualuga's place in the lineup. Vontaze Burfict will likely move to the middle.
Sun, Oct 27, 2013 05:24:00 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis said he plans to leave Rey Maualuga at middle linebacker this season.

Following an ineffective season that saw him grade out as one of the league's worst starting middle linebackers, it was widely assumed that Maualuga would kick outside and allow WLB Vontaze Burfict to man the middle. Lewis is surprisingly squashing that notion. The news does leave Maualuga on the IDP radar as he compiled 122 tackles a year ago.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 10:35:00 AM

Bengals re-signed LB Rey Maualuga to a two-year contract.

DC Mike Zimmer gets his wish. Coming off a rocky 2012, Maualuga's market never heated up. His only visits were to the Giants and Arizona. One of the league's worst interior linebackers last season, Maualuga will move to the strong side after WLB Vontaze Burfict made a convincing case to become the Bengals' franchise middle linebacker. Meanwhile, Bengals owner Mike Brown continues to sit on the largest salary cap stash in football, but has only re-signed cheap in-house free agents Maualuga, Rob Geathers, and Wallace Gilberry. We can't forget about Mike Nugent the kicker and Clark Harris the long snapper. Brown's hilariously obsessive cheapskating should surprise no one, though. He does it every year.
Mon, Mar 18, 2013 11:08:00 AM

Bengals.com reports "indications are" that the team is "closing in" on deals for free agents LB Rey Maualuga and CB Adam "Pacman" Jones.

Maualuga made free-agent visits last week to the Cardinals and Giants, but both teams went in different directions. Maualuga would be a good keep as a two-down strong-side linebacker, but he can't play the middle anymore. Jones hasn't drawn any interest, so he could likely be kept on a cheap one-year deal.
Source: bengals.com
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 12:45:00 PM

The Giants have expressed interest in free agent MLB Rey Maualuga.

The Giants haven't shown much urgency to fill their vacancy in the middle. Free agent Chase Blackburn is moving on and they've only hosted Jasper Brinkley. Maualuga graded out as the worst inside linebacker in the NFL last season. The Giants should be aiming higher, but they're up against the cap.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 07:39:00 AM

Free agent LB Rey Maualuga left Arizona without a contract.

The Cardinals are now hosting Jasper Brinkley. Maualuga has yet to line up any other visits. He could be a fit for the Ravens, and may possibly wind up back in Cincinnati.
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 07:51:00 PM

Free agent LB Rey Maualuga will visit the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are in need of an inside linebacker to pair with Daryl Washington. Stewart Bradley was released and Paris Lenon is a free agent. We'd expect the Ravens to give Maualuga a ring, too, after losing Dannell Ellerbe to the Dolphins.
Tue, Mar 12, 2013 06:59:00 PM

Bengals DC Mike Zimmer believes free agent LB Rey Maualuga is "a lot better than what (people) give him credit for."

"If he’s not here people are going to miss him and say we should have had him," Zimmer said. "That’s how it works, like Justin Smith." Zimmer is alluding to a perceived lack of media coverage in Cincinnati, but neither stats nor film bear out his point about Maualuga. Bengals.com reports Maualuga could be brought back to play strong-side linebacker, with Vontaze Burfict shifting to the middle.
Source: bengals.com
Sun, Feb 24, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Bengals.com says the team is still engaged with free agent LB Rey Maualuga, and they could re-sign him to play strong-side linebacker.

A report surfaced last week that Maualuga was unlikely to be re-signed, and it came up again on Thursday as the Combine kicked off. Maualuga was downright awful in coverage last season, so a move to the strong side would keep him in on running downs, but have him replaced by a defensive back on third downs. Vontaze Burfict is expected to take over in the middle.
Source: bengals.com
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 10:05:00 PM

The Sideline View's Adam Caplan confirms that the Bengals are unlikely to re-sign free agent MLB Rey Maualuga.

Undisciplined and ineffective, Maualuga was one of the NFL's poorest middle linebacker starters last season. The Bengals plan to move forward with Vontaze Burfict manning the middle. Maualuga, 26, was suggested Monday as a potential replacement for Ray Lewis in Baltimore, by SI's Peter King. If Maualuga is cheap and vows to play within the scheme, it might be a sensible marriage.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 05:16:00 PM

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