Jeremy Maclin is a wide receiver who has had a good career to date and who was a surprise casualty, roster-wise, this off-season. He was cut by the Kansas City Chiefs after one of the worst seasons of his career so far. Due to him suffering a groin strain, Maclin only played in 12 games for the Chiefs in 2016 and managed to grab 44 receptions for 536 yards and just 2TD’s.
After his release from the Chiefs, it didn’t take long for him to find teams that were after his services. It came down to a handful of teams for him to choose from after visiting their facilities. It was thought that the Buffalo Bills were in the running for his signature but in the end, it seems that he was deciding between the Baltimore Ravens and the team that drafted him with the 19th overall pick back in the 2009 NFL Draft out of Missouri, the Philadelphia Eagles.
He eventually decided to sign a 2-year, $11 million contract with the 2017 London-bound Baltimore Ravens. This is indeed great news for them as they needed another starting calibre player at wide receiver after the retirement of Steve Smith Sr, who is now doing a great job on the media side of things for the league.
Jeremy Maclin will go straight in as a starter for the Ravens and will line-up opposite the speedy Mike Wallace. This gives the team two veteran 6’0″ receivers for QB Joe Flacco to target along with a couple of good tight ends in veteran Benjamin Watson and the young Maxx Williams. Benjamin Watson has also recently restructured his contract to allow more salary room for the franchise to work with.
Is this a passing game the opponents of the Baltimore Ravens should fear in 2017? I think so. I’ll be honest and say that I believe Mike Wallace is way over-rated but his speed always has to be accounted for. At the age of 29 for Maclin, 30 for Wallace, 36 for TE Watson and 32 for QB Flacco, the Ravens are looking to compete in the AFC North and get back to the playoffs right here right now.
A concern I’d have about Maclin is his age and leg injuries/issues he’s had in the past. I’m guessing that this is also a consideration the Chiefs had and why he was released. My crystal ball doesn’t seem to be working right now but with groin strains, bruised bones and a torn ACL plus a decline in output (stats-wise) last season, how effective will he be for the Ravens? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Having said that, I’m sure looking forward to seeing him play for the Ravens in their NFL London game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium on September 24th, 2:30pm. I’ll be wearing my Jaguars jersey and cheering them on but will also be enjoying the on-field action of both teams. As a Browns fan, I’ll be notching up the volume somewhat whilst the Ravens are on offense.
Baltimore Really Wanted Maclin
The teams that wanted Jeremy Maclin did, obviously, really want him but I get the impression the Ravens tried the hardest. They had new arrival, Tony Jefferson take a big role in persuading Maclin as they had a get-together to watch game 3 of the NBA finals. They also had Steve Smith Sr get involved in the process but perhaps the best one was the great marketing exercise that Jimmy’s Seafood bar and restaurant did as they offered Maclin free crab cakes for the duration of his contract with the Ravens but then upped that to free crab cakes for life! I guess Jeremy Maclin likes crab cakes.
So, what do you think of this signing? Is it good, great or just ‘meh!’? For me, it looks great on paper and should indeed make the team that bit more competitive which is what they need to tip them back over the threshold and into the playoffs.