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Free agent Rey Maualuga visiting Kansas City Chiefs

The Kansas City Chiefs will be visiting with an inside linebacker you’ve heard of: former Bengals LB Rey Maualuga. This is interesting! The news comes via Terez Paylor who was covering the owners meetings all week (nice job, Terez).

The Chiefs have a question at inside linebacker with Derrick Johnson coming off an Achilles injury and the Chiefs letting Josh Mauga hit the market. I like where Ramik Wilson is at but they need another body there. If not the draft then free agency.

Maualuga was a 2009 second round pick by the Bengals where he’s played ever since. He ended up being one of the best players from that draft. Here’s some of what Cincy Jungle said about him after he was recently cut:

Maualuga totaled just 27 tackles last season (a career low), along with two pass deflections and a pick. After suffering a fibula injury in Cincinnati’s London matchup against Washington, Maualuga couldn’t ever seem to fight his way back into the lineup.

Maualuga’s best stretch came in 2011-12, as the veteran helped Cincinnati make two improbable playoff runs with Andy Dalton (then a rookie) at quarterback in a year many experts predicted the Bengals would be one of the worst teams in the NFL, if not the worst.

I’m intrigued but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. The Chiefs have already had visits from a couple of free agents who ended up leaving without a deal.