Bengals coaches want LB Rey Maualuga back

Bengals have a lot of tough decisions to make over the next couple weeks. A big one is figuring out how to keep linebacker Ray Manaluga from hitting the free agent market in a couple weeks. Bengals coaches had this to say to NFL.com

“He’s one of the guys you got to get back in the fold,” Marvin Lewis told Around The League’s Gregg Rosenthal on Sunday.

“(Maualuga) is, as you will find out when this free-agency period starts, a lot better than what a lot of people give him credit for,” Mike Zimmer told the Bengals’ website Sunday. “I think that’s going to be what people are going to find out if he goes. If he’s not here, people are going to miss him and say we should have had him. That’s how it works, like Justin Smith.”

Manaluga has mostly gone under the radar, but some believe him to be one of the top free agents on the market. Manaluga will be a top priority for the Bengals this offseason, along with Michael Johnson and Andre Smith.