The Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Friday, saving the team $10 million, according to the Associated Press. The 28-year-old caught 44 passes for 536 yards and only two touchdowns in 2016.
While the move is a big surprise considering Kansas City doesn’t have much talent in the receiver pool, where will he end up? Here are some of the potential landing spots for the free agent.
Kevin White is the only receiver the Bears have to count on now, so to say they are in need of receivers is an understatement. With Mark Sanchez, Mike Glennon and rookie Mitchell Trubisky fighting for the starting quarterback job, there are plenty of questions in the Windy City. The addition of Maclin makes perfect sense for Chicago.
Having lost Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Justin Hunter, the Bills are also in dire need of receiving help. The team added Rod Streater and Andre Holmes, but a quality receiver to play alongside the oft-injured Sammy Watkins is a need. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been efficient over the las couple of seasons, but Maclin’s abilities would make Taylor even better.
No more Steve Smith (retired), no more Kamar Aiken (free agent) and Dennis Pitta‘s career is in jeopardy after another dislocated hip that might require surgery. The Ravens offense needs more playmakers to help Flacco out. And offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is very familiar with Maclin, as he was the OC in Philadelphia when Maclin played there.
Another team that has depth at receiver but only one guy in Golden Tate that is a consistent performer. Matthew Stafford would love nothing more than to have a deep threat like Maclin to help put up more points in the tough NFC North. While there are certainly more pressing needs, the Lions should look to Maclin.
New England Patriots
Bill Belichick is a mastermind when it comes to picking up other teams leftovers, and Tom Brady wouldn’t mind having yet another threat on offense. The Patriots are always in play for top free agents and Maclin will be no exception. They have Chris Hogan, Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and newly acquired receiver, Brandin Cooks, but New England could be on an episode of Hoarders.
New Orleans Saints – Drew Brees can always use more playmakers for the vaunted Saints’ air attack.
San Francisco 49er’s – So many team needs and so little time.
Los Angeles Rams – Another NFC West team that needs more weapons. Maclin is a great choice and loves living in big cities.