Ravens, Maclin agree on 2-year deal
- Author: Stacy Allen Jun 13, 2017,
Jun 13, 2017, 8:32
The Ravens announced a two year deal with the 29 year old who was released by Kansas City last month.
Maclin can give Baltimore's offense a boost, especially after three of Joe Flacco's favorite targets past year are no longer on the team. Maclin should expect a ton of targets from Joe Flacco, being that he is the best possession receiver in a west coast style offense where possession is key. Matthews, their most productive receiver for the past three years, is entering the final year of his four-year rookie deal.
ESPN's Adam Schefter also reports the Ravens could still be in the running for free agent Eric Decker. It was one of the more obvious landing spots for him, as he only visited with the Ravens and the Bills. Their failure to add a receiver despite the front office saying that helping Flacco was an offseason priority created a good bit of fan angst.
Anyway, I have absolutely no sympathy for the Chiefs, so I fully support their decision to release Maclin. He doesn't have his safety valve or check-down receivers anymore because fullback Kyle Juszczyk and tight end Dennis Pitta are no longer on the roster. His ability to run precise routes and work inside could give speedsters Wallace and Perriman space on the outside.
Limited to 12 games past year because of a groin injury, Maclin caught 44 of 76 targets for just 536 yards and two touchdowns.
Although Maclin would have been the Eagles' second-best receiver behind Alshon Jeffrey and ahead of Jordan Matthews, his signing would have forced the salary-cap-strapped Eagles into an odd personnel move.
Ingram has had 18.5 sacks over the last two seasons after only having 6 in his first three.
UPDATE: Pro Football Talk is also reporting the Eagles' interest in Maclin. But with Maclin in the fold, the Ravens passing game now has balance.