DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins will work out linebacker Rey Maualuga, a league source said Tuesday.
Maualuga, 30, played eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, where defensive coordinator Matt Burke previously coached.
Maualuga, who once starred at USC, is a physical, run-stopping type linebacker who could technically play some in between Lawrence Timmons and Kiko Alonso in run situations.
The Dolphins drafted Raekwon McMillan in the second round to handle the role but he tore an ACL on a special teams play before he even took a defensive snap as Dolphin.
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Maulauga had a career-high 122 tackles in 2012 and that number decreased to a total of 27 last season.
Maulauga was a salary-cap casualty of the Bengals scheduled to make $3.7 million this season.
The Dolphins may use Alonso and Timmons on the majority of snaps. As of now, former undrafted free agent Mike Hull is scheduled to play base downs in the middle.
But the addition of a veteran like Maulauga would provide added depth and a proven, physical, run defender.
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