The Cincinnati Bengals are a lost cause, so why not add to it?
That’s what the team apparently is considering in the form of Rey Maualuga, who reportedly met with the team this week, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.
Source: LB Rey Maualuga visited the Bengals today. A familiar face who could help the team address its current depth at the position.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) December 13, 2017
If you recall, Cincinnati decided to cut the embattled linebacker this past March before the final season of his three-year deal. He then went on to sign with the Miami Dolphins and appeared in six games this season while recording 25 tackles.
However, Maualuga was arrested on Nov. 18, reportedly for battery, which led to Miami releasing him. It was an easy call as Maualuga had been struggled to make an impact on the field, something that was painfully evident in his final seasons with the Bengals. With that said, he was starting for the Dolphins.
So to recap, Maualuga is 30 years old, not very good, and has been arrested within the last month.
But hey, he’s familiar with the defensive schemes, so he could probably come in and play fairly soon, even if there are only three games left. The Bengals have a slew of injured players on defense including linebackers Vontaze Burfict, Nick Vigil and Kevin Minter.
This visit reeks of desperation by a coach trying to save his job. The Bengals are better off playing their young guys and losing than signing Maualuga back to the roster.