The Dolphins who have been devastated by injuries are looking to find players to fill in for those who have gone down. On Tuesday the team suffered another loss when starting CB Tony Lippett tore his chillies tendon.
This past Friday the team learned that rookie LB Raekwon McMillan will be out for the season with a torn AC that he suffered on a punt coverage. McMillan was expected to be the starting middle linebacker. On Wednesday the Dolphins will invite a veteran LB to add depth. Rey Maualuga will come to South Florida.
Maualuga who’s 30 has spent his first eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and was cut this past March. He’s had a very solid career starting in 108 of the 119 games he has played in, which includes 343 tackles, four sacks, seven INTs and six forced fumbles.
This past season his production dissipated, he started in only six games and played in 14 which included 17 tackles and an INT, which is likely why he was released. The Bengals said they were moving younger at the position and now Maualuga is a free agent.
Maualuga does have a connection with Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke. Burke served as linebackers coach for the Bengals in 2014 and 2015 before taking the same job with the Dolphins last season and being promoted to DC for this season after Vance Joseph took the Denver head coaching job.
Right now Mike Hull, who’s in his third year has been getting the run at middle linebacker since McMillan went down. Kiko Alonzo and Lawrence Timmons also have shifted over to the middle too. Right now the team is testing out the best rotation. The fact they have players able to play in the middle is good, however the depth is thin. Adding a player such a Maualuga will give the team that needed depth and experience. Whether his fitness is up to par to make the team will be a whole other issue.