Jeremy Maclin Signs With Baltimore Ravens
The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly agreed to a deal with veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Maclin was surprisingly released by the Kansas City Chiefs in a cost-cutting move last week and drew no shortage of interest once he hit the market. The Ravens announced that Maclin signed a two-year deal to come to Baltimore.
Maclin reportedly paid visits to both the Ravens and Buffalo Bills last week. Per ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Maclin actually wound up deciding between the Ravens and his old team, the Philadelphia Eagles. Evidently the Bills didn’t present a very appealing case. Maclin will ink his deal before the team’s mandatory minicamp practice on Tuesday.
In 12 games with Kansas City last season, Maclin hauled in 44 passes for 536 yards with a pair of touchdowns. He posted his second career 1,000-yard campaign in his inaugural season with the Chiefs the year prior.
Maclin spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Eagles. The team originally drafted him with the 19th overall pick back in 2009 after a standout career at the University of Missouri. Injuries have been rather problematic for him over the course of his career, but when healthy he is one of the league’s elite deep threats.
In seven NFL seasons, Maclin has caught 474 passes for 6,395 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Ravens Need Help
Maclin makes for a solid fit with a Ravens team in need of some playmakers on offense.
Aside from Mike Wallace, Baltimore doesn’t have many proven pass-catchers. Steve Smith Sr. retired after yet another productive campaign last year, and the Ravens didn’t use a single draft pick on a potential replacement. Maclin will now slide in and attempt to fill that void.
Crab Cakes for Life!
Maclin apparently entertained the idea of reuniting with the Eagles, but the Ravens’ status as a more likely Super Bowl contender in the near future likely helped make his ultimate decision. It also couldn’t hurt that a Baltimore restaurant called Jimmy’s Seafood made Maclin an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Last week, the eatery took to Twitter and promised Maclin free crab cakes for life if he chose to sign with the Ravens. Clearly, it worked.
The Ravens went 8-8 last season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. They have now qualified for the postseason just once in the four years since beating the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII. Financial terms of Maclin’s new deal were not disclosed.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reported that Maclin signing with the Ravens does not take them out of the running for free agent wide receiver Eric Decker.
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