Bengals give Maualuga new contract
Maualuga was a second-round pick from Southern California in 2009. He has had some rough times during his transition to starter, with coach Marvin Lewis challenging Maualuga and quarterback Andy Dalton to become more vocal leaders last season. Pleased with how they responded, Lewis gave both of them a ''C'' to wear on their jerseys, designating them team captains.
The Bengals went on to make the playoffs for the second straight season, losing to Houston in the opening round.