Maiava in discussion with Raiders
Free-agent linebacker Kaluka Maiava was headed to a visit with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, the Baldwin High School graduate’s agent said.
“We had a few teams that are interested,” Kenny Zuckerman said. “If he leaves, the Raiders and we don’t have a deal consummated, then we’ll go to the next team.”
Maiava officially became a free agent hours before boarding a plane for California, after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
Zuckerman said the Raiders are interested in having Maiava, listed as 6 feet and 229 pounds, play as a middle linebacker.
Last season, the Browns’ base system was a 4-3 – employing four defensive linemen and three linebackers – and Maiava was primarily an outside linebacker, in addition to a role on special teams. He played in every game, starting 13, and finished with a career-high 53 tackles, recording two sacks and two forced fumbles.
Cleveland went 5-11 last season and fired Pat Shurmur, replacing him with Rob Chudzinski.
“They are totally changing their system and scheme, and it’s not really conducive for a player like Kaluka,” Zuckerman said.
In 50 career games, Maiava has 133 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and five forced fumbles.