The Kansas City Chiefs have released eight-year veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, the team announced Friday.
“I’d like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said, via Kansas City’s team website. “I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career.”
The Chiefs save $10 million in cap space for the 2017 season by cutting Maclin after June 1.
A post 6/1 release of Jeremy Maclin clears $10M in much needed 2017 cap space for the #Chiefs, who now have just $7.7M allocated to 11 WRs.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) June 3, 2017
Maclin, 29, signed a five-year, $55 million deal with Kansas City after spending his first six seasons in the league with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pro Bowl receiver led the Chiefs in receptions (87), receiving yards (1,088), and touchdown receptions (8) in 2015 but missed four games this past season due to a groin injury. The 6-foot, 198-pound receiver recorded a career-low 44 receptions for 536 yards and scored two touchdowns in 12 games and now becomes one of the top free agent wide receivers available.
“These decisions are never easy, especially with a player like Jeremy who I’ve grown close with on and off the football field over the years,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said. “I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward.”
Crazy business this is…appreciate y’all #ChiefsKingdom
— Jeremy Maclin (@jmac___19) June 2, 2017