Bengals Release Maualuga, Ravens To Trade Jernigan?

during the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Paul Brown Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Couple of AFC North notes to round out this Saturday since the Pittsburgh Steelers’ news seems pretty dead. The Cincinnati Bengals announced they released longtime linebacker Rey Mauauga today.

He was drafted in the 2nd round of 2009 draft by the Bengals, starting 104 career games and racking up 599 tackles, picking off seven passes, and forcing six fumbles. But he spent most of last year on the bench, recording only 27 tackles and is now 30 years old.

His 88 tackles against the Steelers were more than he had against any other team in his career.

Elsewhere, The Ringer’s Michael Lombardi floated the idea that the Baltimore Ravens may shop DT Timmy Jernigan after inking Brandon Williams to a long-term, mega-deal this offseason.

Here’s what Lombardi said on The NFL Show yesterday.

“I hear they’re talking about moving Jernigan. I think Jernigan is a fabulous player but they can’t afford to sign him. If you’re a team like Jacksonville, and you know you can afford him, why not give up a third- or fourth-round pick for Jernigan and get another defensive linemen and do it before free agency and keep the kid.”

To be fair, Ravens’ beat reporter Jamison Hensley shot down the idea, saying a trade is “unlikely to occur” but admitted this is likely his final year with the team. Jernigan is scheduled to be a free agent after the 2017 season. Signing Williams to a 5 year deal leaves little meat left on the bone for Jernigan, who will likely command less but still a hefty amount when he hits the market.

In three years as the team’s three-tech, he has 13 sacks and is one of the better defensive tackles in the league, teaming up to form an impressive duo with Williams. But it sounds like he’ll be out of the Steelers’ hair in a year though they’ll still have to worry about dealing with Williams, a mountain of a man at nose tackle.

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  • Labrat0116

    Why did they release him ? Big CAP hit I suspect…. ( $3,668,750 ).
    Still only (30) years old. Could have some more miles to put on.
    Good pickup for us at reduced price perhaps ??

  • Jaybird

    Why sign a slow , aging LB?
    There was probable a good reason he did not play much last year. He’s not that good any more.

  • Steelers12

    pass, rather have Brown who is still on market

  • Steelers12

    i think teams look at age 30 the wrong nowadays and sometimes make mistakes and get rid of players who still has talent.

  • Jaybird

    I’d much rather have kept Timmons than sign this guy. He’s a poor fit for the Steelers. It’s more about his declining talent than his age.

  • LucasY59

    bungles dropping Maualuga is not a surprise after they brought in Minter (would rather hear they are getting rid of confict, but that wont happen)

    ratbirds playing the comp game with Jernigan sounds more realistic than them trading him (the DL that should be on the trading block is the jets and Sheldon Richardson, they already have 2 DL better than him, and are rebuilding so should be trying to get extra picks)

  • Steelers12

    yeah i gotcha i was just saying some people call any player over 30 old and washed up

  • RickM

    Totally agree. Maualuga just doesn’t seem the same player anymore.

  • bernardmcdaniels

    Do anybody think he could help the team ? Will he be cheap? If we get him how long should we sign him for .

  • Darth Blount 47

    If I’m Cleveland, I sign Maualuga and trade for Jernigan. Not only do they have the cap space, but they have the pick ammo. Then you get guys who played for a while with your rivals, you pick their brains, turn them against their former teams, and you do so without being heavily invested. Cleveland has got to flesh out that roster some more. I know Jernigan has some left in his tank. Ray might as well. And he certainly won’t cost too much. Guess they’d have to check the analytics on this one. They need vets to be able to help teach the plethora of young guys they have and will have, coming in after this draft.

  • Labrat0116

    Timmons would have cost a chunk of change. I don’t remember his CAP hit but it was high.
    This dude could perhaps be had on the cheap. ??
    We’re lacking depth pretty bad at LB. A seasoned Vet would be nice. Slow or not.

  • Jaybird

    Rey has been a 4-3 ILB , would he even be a good fit on the Steelers?
    I’m passing on aging , declining players.

  • Rocksolid20

    They go hand in hand .

  • francesco

    Somehow I see the Patriots getting Jernigan and a second round pick to boot!!!