“Rey has been a tough and productive player for us, and a fine teammate, and this is a difficult decision,” head coach Marvin Lewis said via a press release. “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.”
Maualuga, who was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft, played in 114 games with 104 starts over eight seasons. He was a starter on playoff teams in six of his Bengals campaigns.