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Rey Maualuga could be on his way out the door. Vontaze Burfict has shown real talent this year and could be the man to take his spot.
Thomas Howard and Manny Lawson may well return, but it has become clear that some new blood is needed within the linebacking core.
The guys over at Stripe Hype anticipate the departure of Rey Maualuga and/or Manny Lawson this offseason, and would like to see Alec Ogletree fill the void:
We aren’t too sure how Thomas Howard will look while coming back from an injury. Ogletree is a very good linebacker, and very good in coverage. He is a converted safety, and he has a high motor. He hustles to the ball and has a projected 40 time of 4.6. Ogletree would be an immediate starter and would have a good impact on this defense.
Ogletree has played safety in the past and he's carried those smarts and that awareness with him since.
He can blitz the QB as well as providing some long absent help in pass coverage.
There's a slim chance he falls as far as the Bengals. If he does, they have to pull the trigger.