When it comes to needs for the Kansas City Chiefs during the NFL draft and free agency, wide receiver is without a doubt at the top of the list. Several Chiefs fans wanted to see Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin come to Kansas City.
Maclin would have been a great fit for the Chiefs. For one, he played college football for the Missouri Tigers. He also spent four seasons in the NFL playing for Andy Reid.
News broke Friday, however, that Maclin signed a one-year deal with the Eagles (Source: ESPN.com). Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network also tweeted the news.
Jeremy Maclin’s one-year deal with the Eagles is worth up to $6M with $3.5M guaranteed, per source. A win-win
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 28, 2014
While it’s a bummer that Jeremy Maclin won’t be a Chief this season, keep it mind that his contract is only for a year. Jeremy Maclin missed the entire 2013 season with an injury, but it’s still a bit depressing that he signed with the Eagles so quickly this offseason.
He would have been a great addition to a Chiefs squad that desperately needs a reliable receiver opposite Dwayne Bowe.
Maclin’s best season came in 2010 when he had 70 receptions for 964 yards and 10 touchdowns. Overall, he has 258 receptions for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns in his four-year career.
Now that Jeremy Maclin is off the table, Kansas City will have to look elsewhere. Looking at the pool of free agent receivers this offseason, there are still decent options available. Notable names include Eric Decker (which I wrote about) Julian Edelman, Darius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Jones, James Jones, Robert Meachem, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Ogletree, recently released Sidney Rice, Emmanuel Sanders, and Golden Tate.