According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jeremy Maclin will be sporting purple and gold in 2017. The former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver agreed to a two-year contract with Baltimore on Tuesday. Among the other teams interested in signing Maclin were the Philadelphia Eagles and the Buffalo Bills.
For Maclin, signing with Baltimore will provide much more upside to the 29-year old’s career.
2016 was a year worth forgetting for Jeremy Maclin. In 12 games, he had 44 grabs, 536 yards, and two touchdowns. His career low in all three categories. Last Friday, the Chiefs announced Maclin had been released.
Last season, the Ravens added veteran wideout, Mike Wallace. The former Pro Bowler had played for three teams over the last three seasons and hadn’t peaked 1,000 yards since 2011. In 2016, at age 30, Wallace posted 72 receptions, 1,017 yards, and four touchdowns. Twice as many touchdowns as 2015 and more than double the yards. This fall, Maclin will have the opportunity to revive his career as well.
Following Maclin’s release, the Buffalo Bills appeared to be a landing spot for the wide receiver. According to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, LeSean McCoy, Maclin’s former teammate in Philadelphia, said he’d begun recruiting the receiver to Buffalo.
The Bills haven’t had much luck with wide receivers in recent history. 2014 fourth-overall pick Sammy Watkins, has eclipsed 1,000 yards just once in his career, while veteran signee Percy Harvin couldn’t stay on the field. In Philadelphia, Maclin would’ve played second fiddle to Alshon Jeffrey.
Instead, he’ll join 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman and Mike Wallace to create one of the league’s most dangerous wide receiver trios.