Jeremy Maclin put together a pretty great season in 2014 after missing all of 2013 with an injury. He rebounded to put together over 1300 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving. That’s dominant play in a pass happy offense. Chip Kelly and company couldn’t be more pleased.
But just one year later, Maclin will be leaving Kelly for the guy who brought him into the league: Andy Reid.
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shortly before the 2015 NFL Free Agency period officially begins, landing a major receiving threat that can help revitalize a wide receiver corps that failed to catch a single touchdown in 2014. Even if Maclin is the only one of those guys scoring, the Chiefs will do better.
This is another blow for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who were expected to be big players for Maclin shortly after the top overall prospect, Randall Cobb, re-signed with the Green Bay Packers. Maclin’s abilities are tough to ignore and the Jaguars could really use someone who can consistently put up big numbers for their young quarterback, Blake Bortles.
There may be hope at the end of the tunnel, though.
The Chiefs’ acquisition of Maclin keeps them over the salary cap, suggesting they will have to get ride of former big-money receiver Dwayne Bowe. Bowe has had a decent career with the Chiefs, though he has only eclipsed 1000 yards receiving three times (2008, 2010 and 2011). While he isn’t the major difference maker he once looked like he may be, Bowe is a reliable receiver and would be tempting if the Chiefs did let him get to the free agent market.
Maclin is certainly better than Bowe and has more upside at this point in his career, but right now teams like the Jaguars may be scrambling to do what they can to sign who they can as the bigger names continue to be taken off the market.