NFL Free Agency: Five landing spots for Jeremy Maclin

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Washington Redskins

After much uncertainty and public tension between franchise quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Redskins’ front office earlier this offseason, it appears the team will hang onto the Michigan State product for the foreseeable future. The decision wasn’t a shocker to the rest of the football world, though had Cousins been moved, Washington would’ve had themselves quite a conundrum under center.

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Although they wisely kept Cousins in town, they lost both of his starting wideouts to free agency; DeSean Jackson went to Tampa Bay, and Pierre Garçon went west to San Francisco. Jordan Reed is still in DC but his struggles to stay healthy make him quite an unreliable option. Jamison Crowder will hop into the starting lineup alongside free agent pickup Terrelle Pryor.

Jeremy Maclin would present an upgrade over both of them. Crowder hasn’t been around for long, and neither has Pryor, as both have small sample sizes of production. They both played well last year but haven’t proven that they can be capable starters down the line, although they may have earned extra snaps. Maclin is a proven talent that could start immediately. Cousins could use a reliable weapon of Maclin’s caliber as a substantial upgrade over his unproven arsenal, albeit one that has upside.

Washington finished 8-7-1 in 2016, and they’ve shown that they can compete in the NFC East, one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. Drafting Jonathan Allen and Samaje Perine in the 2017 NFL Draft gave the Skins even more weapons to work with. The receiver is the last offensive position needed for this team to have a shot at winning the division. Maclin could be the guy to make a difference.