In a stunning off-season move, the Kansas City Chiefs announced they have released No. 1 wide receiver Jeremy Maclin last week.
Jeremy Maclin will be suiting up in a different colored jersey this coming season. In a shocking statement Friday afternoon, the Chiefs’ front office announced they will release wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
The announcement came only a week after Maclin told media representatives he has “something to prove” this season. Upon hearing that, many fans anticipated a return to form from the Chiefs’ top receiver. It seems, however, management did not believe he was worth the risk.
The St. Louis native, who was due to receive $10 million this season, has had a handful of rough seasons. Last season, he struggled with a groin injury that sidelined him for four games. When he did play, though, he wasn’t producing at his salary’s worth.
Although he will suit up with another team next year, the Chief’s organization had only good things to say about the player.
“I’d like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said in the statement. “I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career.”
Head Coach Andy Reid, who signed Maclin after coaching him in Philadelphia, was particularly distraught in his tone.
“These decisions are never easy, especially with a player like Jeremy who I’ve grown close with on and off the football field over the years,” said Reid. “I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward.”
The right move?
Jeremy Maclin was arguably the biggest free agent signing of Andy Reid’s Kansas City stint so far. The receiver proved his star power in Philadelphia under Andy Reid, which led to a $55 million five-year deal in Kansas City.
Maclin’s success continued in his first year with the Chiefs, 2015, when he led the team in receiving touchdowns (8) and yards (1088). He hit a slump last year, though, and looked out of sync with quarterback Alex Smith. In 12 games, he recorded only 44 catches for 536 yards, good for third on the team in both categories.
The release frees about $10 million in cap space which the Chiefs desperately need, according to Over the Cap. That cap space can be used to sign the rest of their draft class and possibly bring in a more cost effective free agent.
Without Jeremy in the lineup, the Chiefs will need Tyreek Hill, Chris Conley or Albert Wilson to step up. That’s a tall order considering the offense has struggled in the past when trying to move the ball through the air.
It isn’t all doom-and-gloom for Chiefs fans, though. Hill, who had a strong rookie season with 593 yards on 61 receptions, is most likely to assume the role as No. 1. The Chiefs also have tight end Travis Kelce, who is a viable air-threat himself.
While we can’t be certain where Maclin will end up, early reports suggest the Buffalo Bills have taken a keen interest in signing the 29-year-old vet. What do you think of the Chiefs releasing wide-receiver Jeremy Maclin? Let us know in the comment section.