Former Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens, the team announced Monday.
See you back in Baltimore soon @jmac___19.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 12, 2017
Maclin, 29, was surprisingly released by the Chiefs on June 2 and had visited with both the Buffalo Bills and Ravens since.
The Pro Bowl receiver missed four games in his final season in Kansas City with a groin injury, but quickly became one of the top free agent receivers on the market following his release. Maclin caught 44 passes for 536 yards and scored two touchdowns in 2016 but was coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons in 2014 and 2015.
The 6-foot, 198-pound receiver gives Baltimore’s offense another much-needed weapon after losing Steve Smith Sr. to retirement and Kamar Aiken in free agency. Maclin has already passed his physical and is expected to take part in the team’s mandatory minicamp this week.
The Ravens are counting on first-round pick Breshad Perriman to have a breakout season in his third year, but clearly wanted to add another receiver option for quarterback Joe Flacco ahead of training camp.
Perriman, Maclin, and Mike Wallace are expected to lead Baltimore’s receiving corps in 2017, but the signing of the eight-year veteran doesn’t eliminate the possibility of the franchise adding another receiver ahead of training camp, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Just because Baltimore landed Jeremy Maclin doesn’t mean it won’t also make play for Jets WR Eric Decker. Ravens in running there, too.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 12, 2017
Maclin spent his first four seasons in the league under Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in Philadelphia, and should find it an easy transition to Baltimore’s offense this season.
— Jeremy Maclin (@jmac___19) June 12, 2017