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Kansas City Chiefs: Pros and cons of cutting Jeremy Maclin

Dec 27, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 27, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /
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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) – Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) – Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports /

CON: THIS MOVE DOESN’T MAKE THE TEAM BETTER

Next to Maclin being a Missouri guy, I think the most upsetting thing to fans in this scenario is that releasing Jeremy Maclin doesn’t make the Kansas City Chiefs a better football team at the end of the day.

Making moves that don’t help the team are troubling.

With the Chiefs being one of the “Super Bowl contenders” from a season ago, one would expect them to keep their best talent, not kick them to the curb. Maclin is gone and now the Chiefs have no legitimate threats at the receiver position and that’s a problem.

Teams without decent receivers don’t make it far in this league, especially without a Hall of Fame quarterback at the helm. I’m worried that the Chiefs offense will take an even bigger nose dive this season without Maclin.

Sure, Maclin wasn’t great last season, but having him out there at least opened things up for guys like Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to make plays. Now, opposing defenses know which two players to cover, and we’ve seen how Alex Smith can get when he has his mind made up on who to throw the  ball to. It ain’t pretty.

Making moves that don’t help the team are troubling and the Chiefs might have put themselves in a bad position with cutting Jeremy Maclin.