Ravens to Sign Jeremy Maclin
Michael Nazarek - 6/12/2017
The other shoe dropped today, as free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin decided to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, getting a two-year deal. Final numbers aren't in, but the deal is said to be solid money for the 29-year old receiver. Maclin was unexpectedly released by the Kansas City Chiefs on June 2nd despite being by far their most experienced receiver. It was said to be a salary cap issue.
As for Maclin and the Ravens, many said this might be the perfect fit for the veteran receiver. WR Steve Smith Jr. retired at the end of the 2016 season, and TE Dennis Pitta re-injured his hip again, and the team released him late last week. That move was made to create the salary cap space needed to make Maclin the newest Baltimore Raven. Maclin joins a receiving corps with little real experience beyond WR Mike Wallace. In fact, Wallace and WR Breshad Perriman were the only receivers on the roster to catch more than 30 passes for the team in 2016.
There is little doubt that Maclin will fight for the team lead in targets due to his experience of playing all over the field, especially in the slot. He joins a team with a big-armed quarterback in QB Joe Flacco. While Flacco is a bit inconsistent, there will be games where he's locked in, giving Maclin more chances for big plays and big games. Overall, Maclin has greater value as a Raven in this situation than he did as a Chief.
In terms of our premium Masters List customizable cheatsheets, Maclin's team and projections will be updated accordingly shortly. Look for both Wallace and Perriman to take a hit in their projections due to Maclin's presence, moreso for Perriman because of his lack of experience. Wallace will remain relevant for fantasy owners due to his speed and the fact that more targets will likely go to the wideouts with the release of the injured Pitta.
One final note regarding Maclin. Maclin has averaged 68 catches for 900+ receiving yards and six touchdowns each season over his seven-year NFL career. When healthy, he can be very productive. He is healthy right now, and if that doesn't change, fantasy owners best not sleep on him when it comes to their drafts this summer.
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