Rey Maualuga’s time with the Cincinnati Bengals has likely come to an end according to a report issued today by Adam Caplan of The Sideline View. Caplan indicates that a “source with knowledge of the situation” has said that the Cincinnati Bengals will likely pass on re-signing Maualuga, who is in his fifth year as linebacker with the team out of USC.
This news comes as a surprise to very few in Cincinnati, and is a disappointment to even fewer. While hopes were high for Rey Maualuga when he joined the team as a second-round pick, his performance in Cincinnati has been inconsistent at best. It has not been uncommon to see Maualuga miss more tackles than he makes. Speculation is that standout undrafted linebacker Vontaze Burfict will move over to Maualuga’s spot in the middle.
In true Bengals fashion, will Maualuga move on only to reach his true potential with another team? That is, of course, a possibility that may have Bengals fans scratching their head down the road. However after Rey Maualuga showed up to their playoff game against the Houston Texans seemingly unprepared and had to leave for a portion of the first quarter due to dehydration, it was clear to most once and for all he would never flourish in Cincinnati.