Cincinnati Bengals: What Rey Maualuga’s New Contract Means Going Forward

March 19, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

On March 18, a little before noon, Adam Schefter tweeted that the Bengals and Rey Maualuga had agreed to a new two-year, $6.5 million deal.  The deal was to be expected as the five-year veteran found almost no interest from other teams in his free agency.
The Bengals community is split on Maualuga and what he has to offer.  Drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, there was a lot expected of the former Trojan.  He showed promise in his first few years and was eventually moved into the middle-linebacker role with which he was most familiar.  It was in this middle-linebacker role that Maualuga began receiving heavy scrutiny.
With expectations so high and so much responsibility given over to Maualuga, many expected him to thrive in a defense that was developing into one of the best in the league.  
Statistically, he looked alright, racking up tackles from the center of the field.  But to the trained eye?  There were many reasons ...

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