Chiefs part ways with WR Jeremy Maclin

The release of the veteran receiver was a surprise move by Kansas City on Friday.

| 4 weeks ago
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Chiefs part ways with WR Jeremy Maclin

  • In a surprise move, the Kansas City Chiefs cut wide receiver Jeremy Maclin Friday, freeing up about $10 million in cap space for the upcoming season.
  • Maclin showed excellent hands in 2015, dropping just 1 of 87 catchable passes that season, generating the lowest drop rate (1.14 percent) among all receivers that year.
  • 2016 was a different story, though, as he finished just 62nd among qualifying wide receivers in yards per route run (1.39), while missing four games due to injury.
  • Maclin’s departure leaves the electric Tyreek Hill (2.30 yards per route run in 2016, fourth among receivers) as the team’s top receiver, to go along with Chris Conley and Albert Wilson. Conley’s 1.03 yards per route run were 12th-worst among his position group, while Wilson’s 0.60 from the slot were second-worst.
  • The Chiefs will need to count on second-year player Demarcus Robinson, fourth-year pro De’Anthony Thomas, and rookie Jehu Chesson if their passing game is going to improve in the fifth year of the Alex Smith/Andy Reid era.

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  • Phong Ta

    Very surprising move. I was looking forward to seeing what Alex Smith would, or wouldn’t, do with legitimate threats at all three levels between Kelce handling the short stuff over the middle, Maclin working the intermediate areas and Hill as a deep threat.

    • Mark Erickson

      Agreed, sounds like the Chiefs have serious cap issues next season as well. It’s likely this is Alex Smith’s last year as a Chief barring Mahomes failing to deliver in pre-season/practice. If there’s any indication he can be their starter moving forward, they’ll solve the cap problem with releasing/trading Smith. I’d say Smith has way more value right now then a year from now given the dearth of QBs in the draft and free agency (decent crop next offseason), but KC is likely hoping for one more try with him to get to a superbowl.

  • Indian-Homie

    Any chance he gets picked up by my 49ers? Our WR depth is garbage after Pierre Garcon (which isnt saying much as it is)

  • njd123

    Ravens should pick him up immediately. Only really have two wide receivers and 4 or 5 tight ends