The Miami Dolphins have found their middle linebacker replacement for the injured Raekwon McMillan. Based on an Instagram story, former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga has signed with the Dolphins.
The Dolphins brought Maualuga in for a workout earlier this week, but he left without a contract at the time. The Dolphins also worked out Kelvin Sheppard, a former member of the team, but he recently signed with the Chicago Bears.
In eight seasons with the Bengals, Maualuga has recorded 599 tackles with four scaks, seven interceptions, 23 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries.
Miami is looking to replace McMillan, who was slated as the starting middle linebacker this season. The rookie tore his ACL on his first play in the NFL when he was blocked into a couple of players on the ground during punt coverage duties in the Dolphins’ first preseason game. He will be out for the season as he rehabs from the injury and surgery.
Maualuga posted a picture on Instagram leading the report.
Multiple media outlets are now confirming the signing of Maualuga by the Dolphins.
UPDATE: According to the Miami Herald’s Armando Salguero, Maualuga will have a $900,000 salary this season, but the team will use the minimum salary benefit that will make Maualuga account for just $615,000 against the salary cap.
(H/T to Rebecca Toback at Cincy Jungle.)