Maclin, who tweaked his hamstring while training for the upcoming season, is still a couple of weeks away from being 100 percent healthy, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The injury helps explain why Maclin has remained unsigned since being released by the Ravens in March. According to Schefter, the veteran wideout received offers from team prior to training camp, but Maclin is apparently waiting for the right situation to arise before putting pen to paper. With the regular season about to get underway, injuries will inevitably create a need for teams at receiver, with Maclin representing one of the more accomplished options out there on the open market.
Maclin is still fielding his market and remains an unrestricted free agent, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports. Maclin was released by the Ravens in March after a relatively unsuccessful one-year stint with the team. He's known to have drawn preliminary interest from both the Eagles and Cowboys, but both teams have already signed a high-profile receiver or two since free agency opened last month. However, Maclin isn't believed to have any geographical limitations on the team he might sign with and is simply waiting for the right fit. In all likelihood, the 2014 Pro-Bowler will wait until after the upcoming draft to put pen to paper with any organization that might have interest.
The Ravens informed Maclin of his release from the team Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Maclin's lone season in Baltimore was marred by a combination of injuries and inefficiency, with the 29-year-old catching 40 of 72 targets for 440 yards (6.1 yards per target) and three touchdowns in 12 games. Given that he wasn't much better the previous year in Kansas City, the Ravens were always expected to cut him before March 16, when his $1 million roster bonus was set to kick in. Maclin's fate was cemented once the team reached agreements with free-agent wideouts Ryan Grant and John Brown, though Baltimore could still use more help at the position. Maclin should draw interest from multiple teams, though likely only as a complementary option at this stage of his career. A bounce back isn't out of the question if he lands in the right place and can actually stay healthy.
Maclin (knee) could be released in the offseason as the Ravens aim to clear up cap space, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. In addition to missing missing four games due to injury, Maclin struggled to career-low marks in receptions (40) and receiving yards (440) during his first season in Baltimore, with his lack of productivity proving problematic for an already weak passing attack. Maclin carries a $7.5 million cap hit for the 2018 season and is due a $1 million roster bonus March 16, so expect the Ravens to render a decision on his future with the organization by that date. By releasing Maclin, the Ravens would gain $5 million in cap space and afford the front office some more flexibility during the offseason.
Maclin (knee) is inactive Sunday against the Bengals. Maclin did not see the practice field all week for the Ravens, leading to a doubtful tag for the regular-season finale. Should Baltimore lock down a playoff spot, Maclin could return for the wild-card round, but Ravens supporters will want to monitor his status during the week of practice. In the meantime, look for Chris Moore and Michael Campanaro to share extra snaps in Maclin's stead, with Mike Wallace still the top pass-catching option.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||32||42.00|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||29||32.00|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||23||28.00|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||22||27.00|
|3 Year Avg||91||57||688||4||34||12.07||92|