NFL Free Agency: Five landing spots for Jeremy Maclin

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After the Kansas City Chiefs parted ways with their top wideout, Maclin now sits on the open market, available to the highest bidder. There are a bunch of intriguing destinations for the former pro-bowler.

Jeremy Maclin has proven to be a dynamic playmaker on the outside during his career in Kansas City and Philadelphia. He has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards twice in his career: first in 2014 with the Eagles and then again in 2015 after following head coach Andy Reid to the Chiefs. However, after an injury-shortened 2016 limited Maclin to only 536 receiving yards over twelve games, he was shown the door.

Now, if the Missouri product hopes to find a new home this season, he’ll likely have to accept a discounted deal. The Chiefs signed him to a pact worth $55 million over five years after the 2014 campaign, eating the last three years to save themselves some cash. At the age of 29, he may not be in line for a long-term deal, especially coming off an injury-shortened campaign. The offers will come, but it would be shocking to see any offer come near his previous contract.

It was surprising to see a receiver-starved team like the Chiefs part with a talent like Maclin. If he stayed healthy, the combo of Maclin and sophomore star Tyreek Hill would’ve kept opposing defenses honest. Now, the Chiefs will have issues establishing any dependable threats outside of Hill and elite tight end Travis Kelce.

The rest of the NFL can now prey on Maclin. There are plenty of teams out there that need pass-catchers, and there are plenty that would vie for his services that don’t even need him. Imagine Maclin as a secondary option when, if healthy, has proven to be an elite primary option. Whatever the reason for acquiring him, there are plenty of suitors that would be wise to enter the Maclin sweepstakes.