Nine-year veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin recorded career lows in receptions and receiving yards in his first and last season with the Baltimore Ravens. Maclin was released by Baltimore on Wednesday. The Ravens need the cap space and gain $5M by cutting the wide receiver.
Maclin was due for a $1M signing bonus on Friday March 16 and had one year left on his contract. The 29-year-old will now become a free agent after having a career low 40 catches on 440 receiving yards in 2017.
The Ravens recently signed two wide receivers on Tuesday. They signed John Brown who previously played four seasons for the Arizona Cardinals and Ryan Grant who played four years with the Washington Redskins. With both players at the apex in their career and Maclin at the abyss, the Ravens decided to let go of him.
Maclin has been held back by multiple injuries in his stint with Baltimore. He missed four games this season due to a shoulder injury in October where he missed two games and missed the final two games of the season with a knee injury.
Maclin's most memorable with the Ravens came against the Tennessee Titans where he had a season-high eight receptions on 98 yards receiving. He did not record one game with 100 receiving yards with the Ravens. He recorded 1,088 receiving yards in 2015 in first first season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Maclin has played with three teams in nine seasons. He was in his prime when he played with the Philadelphia Eagles where he totaled 343 receptions, 4,771 yards receiving and 36 touchdowns in five seasons. His best season came in his final year with the Eagles in 2014 where he had 1,318 receiving yards, 85 receptions and 10 touchdowns. He had another 10 touchdown season with the Eagles in 2010. He then played two seasons with the Chiefs where he had accumulated 131 catches on 1,624 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.
Maclin only topped 50-yards receiving in three of his 12 games played as a Raven. He's fourth player to depart from Ravens with running back Danny Woodhead, cornerback LaDarius Webb and offensive lineman Austin Howard. The Ravens have created $11.55 million in cap space and nearly triple its original cap room.