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BrettFavre4


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:30 pm    Post subject: Bengals unlikely to re-sign LB Rey Maualuga Reply with quote

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000143230/article/report-cincinnati-bengals-wont-resign-rey-maualuga

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Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Thesidelineview.com's Adam Caplan confirms the Bengals likely will take a pass on re-signing Maualuga.


The article also speculates that he could land in Baltimore.

Bengals fans, can you tell us a little of Maualuga's play? I know he was burned bad on some big plays and had a pretty poor season in 12-13 but this guy was a pretty solid LB ever since he was drafted and he's certainly young enough to bounce back from a bad season.

Bills are in desperate need of LBs and specifically an ILB that can kind of act as the QB of the defense. I loved Maualuga when he was drafted and wanted Buffalo to grab him but that didn't happen. Is he likely to get some good offers or has his play diminished that badly? I'd like Buffalo to try for him if he can get back to where he was and play better.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From what I heard, he was awful last year. Not really surprised.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He started off pretty solid as a rookie at the SLB position. They moved him to MLB, but he never really improved. His play the last two seasons has been sub-par. His career is just not trending positively at all.

He's a replacement level player at this point. He'll bounce around a little bit since he was a 2nd round pick, but i'd be shocked if he turns it around.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the Ravens are unable to retain Ellerbe (which I think we'll be able to keep him), I could see us making a play at Maualuga -- similar skillset but would likely come cheaper.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

He'd be far more effective inside in a 3-4, IMO.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flaccomania wrote:
If the Ravens are unable to retain Ellerbe (which I think we'll be able to keep him), I could see us making a play at Maualuga -- similar skillset but would likely come cheaper.


I would be fine with flipflopping them as free agents. Maualuga would be much better in a 3-4.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

INbengalfan wrote:
Flaccomania wrote:
If the Ravens are unable to retain Ellerbe (which I think we'll be able to keep him), I could see us making a play at Maualuga -- similar skillset but would likely come cheaper.


I would be fine with flipflopping them as free agents. Maualuga would be much better in a 3-4.


Ellerbe, IMO, wouldn't be a great fit at MLB in a 4-3.

And I wouldn't be fine flip flopping them Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Id take him at SLb for rams put dunbar at WLB
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to see him play ILB in a 3-4 defense. As others have said, it seems like a better fit.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't believe some people were bagging on us for drafting Laurinaitis over this kid.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What about Maualuga's skill set exactly makes him a better fit for a 4-3 than a 3-4 defense?
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He's gotta be in a 3-4 and be attacking downhill.

He can't track sideline to sideline and make wrap up tackles. Put him in a 3-4 and blitz him aggressively inside and watch him be at his best.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fullback40 wrote:
He's gotta be in a 3-4 and be attacking downhill.

He can't track sideline to sideline and make wrap up tackles. Put him in a 3-4 and blitz him aggressively inside and watch him be at his best.


Agreed. He won't be a probowler by any means but used correctly/situationally in a 3-4 will make him a valuable asset to a team, especially at the price he's liable to be at (which is low).
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INbengalfan wrote:
Flaccomania wrote:
If the Ravens are unable to retain Ellerbe (which I think we'll be able to keep him), I could see us making a play at Maualuga -- similar skillset but would likely come cheaper.


I would be fine with flipflopping them as free agents. Maualuga would be much better in a 3-4.



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