The injury to Raekwon McMillan, coupled with the Dolphins management stupidly refusing to draft any other LBs, made the signing of Rey Maualuga almost a necessity.
The brainiacs who run the Dolphins ignorantly assumed that Koa Misi would be healthy and productive, and they also ignorantly assumed that no one else would get hurt. Wrong and wrong.
So what does Maualuga have left in the tank? Is he a better option than Mike Hull? We’ll get a quick feel for that on Thursday night, as the Dolphins play a practice game with the Eagles. When the Bengals got rid of Maualuga, they claimed it was simply a monetary, business decision. All teams say that crap. What it means is: The younger players were better, and we didn’t want him anymore. But that isn’t necessarily a negative. A so-so LB on the Bengal defense is still better than any of the reserves we currently have, so this could work out.
Meanwhile, the Phins are in Philly, running joint practices with the Eagles in a build-up to their game on Thursday. I’m typically against these joint practices, because it seems like someone gets hurt. When you practice against your own teammates, to make extra certain not to hurt them. But when you go up against a total stranger with nothing to lose, the stakes are different. Hopefully it’s all a non-issue, but I’ll be watching it closely.