During various portions of the pre-draft hand-wringing that we in Browns town participate in, there were many cries for Rey Maualuga to be selected. In the end his tumble down the draft board occurred and the Browns looked in many other directions. Eventually, though, they did draft a linebacker from USC. One Kaluka Maiava whom played alongside Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews Jr. for Pete Carroll. And now the Browns have inked the Hawaiian boar hunter to his rookie contract. According to our good friends at The OBR.
The OBR’s John Taylor is reporting that the Cleveland Browns and OLB Kaluka Maiava have to agreed a four-year deal. The four-year deal is believed to be worth just under $2.5 million, and was agreed to yesterday. Maiava would be the second Browns draft pick to sign, following a reported contract agreement with sixth-round pick RB James Davis late last week.
And so now we watch and wait. As I said yesterday in the Browns draft article, we will have plenty of opportunity to rate this new regime as a drafting organization. And if they turn out to be as smart as they hope to be, Maiava will end up being better than his draft slot and potentially even outplay his former teammates from USC. Not that I am predicting it or anything. Still, these are the hopes that we all have for late round draft picks. These are the picks that, when they work out, tend to make you forget about the other types of busts that occasionally occur.
Now let’s get Alex Mack, Brian Robiske, and Mohamed Massaquoi signed and ready for camp. Seventeen days until the players report to Berea.