Bengals release Rey Maualuga to free agency

CINCINNATI -- The Bengals have terminated the contract of linebacker Rey Maualuga, releasing him to free agency.

Maualuga, 30, was a Bengals second-round draft choice in 2009.

Through 2016, he played in 114 games with 104 starts over eight seasons. He was a starter on playoff teams in six of his Bengals campaigns.

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"Rey has been a tough and productive player for us, and a fine teammate, and this is a difficult decision,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said in a news 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."

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