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Is Rey Maualuga going to be back with the Bengals in 2013?
When examining the giant list of free agents, some are more important than others. Here are a few notables who are important to the team, but not enough to justify landing on the following list. These players will likely be back in Cincinnati in 2013 either way.
Wallace Gilberry, defensive end
Gilberry exploded onto the scene for Cincinnati in 2013, but he is replaceable on an extremely deep defensive line.
Rey Maualuga, linebacker
Maualuga has failed to progress into the star most thought he could be both mentally and on the field. He has a chance of being brought back, but the team likely will not make him a priority given the emergence of rookie linebacker Vontaze Burfict.
Manny Lawson, linebacker
Lawson has been a quiet contributor as a linebacker over the years, but is replaceable if the organization chooses to do so. He will be brought back for cheap if the team deems it necessary.
Adam Jones, cornerback
Jones has been an integral part of the secondary and special teams units since joining the team. He is a veteran who can help tutor what will soon be a very young secondary, so he will more than likely be brought back one way or another.
Andrew Hawkins, wide receiver, and Vincent Rey, linebacker
Both Hawkins and Rey are exclusive-rights free agents, meaning they will be back with the team in 2013.
This is great news for the team as Hawkins is an important part of the offense as the fourth receiver behind Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones. Rey has shown flashes of being a starting outside linebacker, which will help the team immensely financially when free agency rolls around.