The arrest was reportedly for battery and Maualuga was still in jail at the time of his release from the team.
Maualuga, 30, spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals after he was picked in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. While he signed a one-year, $980,000 contract with the Dolphins he appeared in only six games and started just four after struggling with a hamstring injury in the first month of the season.
What does this mean for the Dolphins? Miami recently pieced together a new linebacking corps with Kiko Alonso, Lawrence Timmons and Maualuga, but it hasn’t worked out well for the team. None have made a significant impact for Miami and Timmons’ season began with him going AWOL before the Dolphins’ first game.
That means the loss of Maualuga probably won’t affect the already struggling team much. The Dolphins turned to Mike Hull early in the year as a starter and will likely go back to the third-year linebacker, but the future for the team is probably Raekwon McMillan, a second-round pick in April who suffered a torn ACL in preseason.