Eight-year NFL veteran Jeremy Maclin is looking for a new team after struggling with the Chiefs and Ravens in consecutive seasons. His receiving average has dipped since 2014 and his catch rate fell to 55.6 percent with Baltimore. Maclin might resurface as a role player but is unlikely to help you claim a championship in your league. Do not draft him.
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.
Maclin (knee) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Bengals. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said last week that Maclin likely would sit out Week 16 but then return for the regular-season finale. It now appears the veteran wideout will miss the final two games of the season, but there's a good chance he'll have another shot to make an appearance in the wild-card round of the playoffs. Chris Moore, Breshad Perriman and Michael Campanaro figure to split playing time behind No. 1 receiver Mike Wallace as the Ravens attempt to clinch a postseason berth. Maclin still hasn't returned to practice.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
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|3 Year Avg||91||57||688||4||34||12.07||92|