Ricky Jean-Francois

NFL report: Bengals release veteran linebacker and captain Rey Maualuga

NFL report: Bengals release veteran linebacker and captain Rey Maualuga

The Cincinnati Bengals have released veteran linebacker Rey Maualuga, saying they were moving to a younger group at the position.

Saturday's move comes five days after they signed free-agent linebacker Kevin Minter to a one-year deal, an indication they were going in a different direction.

Maualuga was Cincinnati's second-round pick in 2009. He has played in 114 games, starting 104 of them. Maualuga and Andy Dalton were named team captains in 2012.

Second-year linebacker Nick Vigil also is expected to get an expanded role next season in a defense that slipped in 2016, finishing 17th in yards...

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