Miami Dolphins sign LB Rey Maualuga

The Miami Dolphins added veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga on Saturday, according to a league source.

Maualuga, 30, played eight NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, recording 343 career tackles.

With the loss of rookie Raekwon McMillan to a season-ending knee injury, Maualuga could be counted on to play alongside Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons in some run-stopping situations.

Maualuga may not possess the footspeed he had early in his career, or at USC, but he is tough, physical and salty.

Mauluga, 6-feet-2, 258 pounds, played for Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke in Cincinnati.

The Bengals cut Maualuga in the offseason because his cap hit was to be $3.7 million.

Maualuga’s deal with Miami is for one year.

At the time, coach Marvin Lewis said: “Rey has been a tough and productive player for us, and a fine teammate, and this is a difficult decision. It’s one of several we have made to transition to a younger group at linebacker as we continue to shape our 2017 roster. We wish Rey and his family the very best.”

The Dolphins needed linebacker depth as Mike Hull and Neville Hewitt are the top reserves.

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