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Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Date of Birth:  05/11/1988
Age:  33
Height  6'0"
Weight:   198
College:  Missouri
Drafted:  2009 | Round 1 | Pick 19
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Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin announced his retirement from the NFL.

Maclin announced his retirement at his wife's baby shower, so it's kind of nice that the end of his playing career is the beginning of something else. However, this is a pretty big surprise for Maclin considering he'll turn just 31 in May and has played at a very high level in the league. The former first-round pick's career ends with 514 receptions for 6,835 yards and 49 touchdowns for the Eagles, Chiefs, and Ravens across nine seasons (including his 2013 season which was wipes out entirely by a torn ACL). A hamstring issue kept Maclin out of 2018, and now he's calling it a career. Maclin's best season came with Philadelphia in 2014, when he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns as the No. 1 option in Chip Kelly's offense; and he followed it up with 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns the next season in Kansas City after signing with the Chiefs in free agency (at a time when many people didn't think any receivers could have success statistically, Maclin did). Not re-signing Maclin was a big blow to the receiving corps in Kelly's final year with the Eagles. The former Mizzou Tiger was one of the toughest players at any position in the league, and he had among the best hands and made plenty of clutch plays when he was at his peak. After an excellent playing career, we wish Maclin similar success in his post-NFL life. He says he'll have a letter and video about his retirement coming soon.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin will not play this season.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo says Maclin is undergoing a procedure on his hamstring/glute, which has kept him from working out for teams. It's been a surprise the highly productive veteran receiver hadn't received more interested throughout the offseason and summer, but this explains why he still doesn't have a team in 2018. Garafolo says Maclin is expected to be ready for 2019. The former Eagle, Chief, and Raven will be just 31 this May, so he should have plenty left in the tank to resume his career.

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The Ravens are expected to release wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Maclin tweeted a shrugging shoulders emoji a little bit ago, and reporters just started tweeting that he is being released. After the team agreed to deals with receivers John Brown and Ryan Grant yesterday, this isn't a surprise; and now Maclin will be looking for a new team for the second time in two years. The former Pro Bowl receiver is still only 29 and should have plenty left in the tank, and he could end up being a steal for a team later in the free-agent process (despite the new league year not even starting yet). The Eagles, who Maclin started his career with, are a team to watch despite them not re-signing him back in 2015.

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Jeremy Maclin (knee) is officially out for Week 17.

Maclin was listed as doubtful coming into today, so this was expected. The hope is that the Ravens win and Maclin is able to be active next week for the playoffs. His regular season ends with 40 receptions for 440 yards (both career lows) and three touchdowns in 12 games played.

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Jeremy Maclin (knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Maclin didn't practice all week, and it would be a surprise if he played on Sunday against the Bengals. Being ready for a potential Wild Card Round game in two Sundays seems to be the best-case scenario for Maclin, but check back in on Sunday for his official game status.

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Jeremy Maclin (knee) is still not practicing.

This is now five straight missed practices for Maclin, who will likely be ruled out ahead of the weekend when the official injury report for Week 17 is released tomorrow.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin (knee) did not participate in today's practice.

The veteran receiver might not be back until the playoffs, but it'd still be good to see him get at least a limited practice this week. We'll see if Maclin is able to get in some activity tomorrow or Friday.

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Jeremy Maclin (knee) is inactive against the Colts.

This was fully expected, as Maclin was listed as doubtful coming into today. This should mean a true number one receiver role for Mike Wallace against a vulnerable Colts secondary, so he's squarely in the FLEX conversation for the first week of fantasy championships. The Ravens need to win games to get in, but the playoffs might be the target for Maclin's return.

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Jeremy Maclin (knee) is officially doubtful for Week 16.

The Ravens play on Saturday evening, and it's unlikely the veteran receiver is in the lineup. It is, however, a good sign that he's listed as doubtful instead of being declared out already. Maclin should be good to go for a potential playoff run if he isn't ready for next week.

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Jeremy Maclin (knee) is not believed to have a season-ending injury.

It sounds like it could be a week-to-week thing for Maclin, but Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said Maclin could return as early as this week. However, the Ravens do have a short week against the Colts, playing this Saturday, which hurts the veteran receiver's chances of playing in Week 16. Consider him on the doubtful side of things, which could lead to more targets for Mike Wallace against Indy. It's good to hear this isn't thought to be a serious injury for Maclin, though.

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Jeremy Maclin (knee) is out for the rest of today.

Maclin initially was out for a couple plays earlier while dealing with a knee issue, and now he's done for the day. Before leaving, Maclin had one reception for 22 yards. The veteran receiver has dealt with a couple of serious knee injuries throughout his career, so hopefully he's OK and doesn't miss more time after today.

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Jeremy Maclin draws 11 targets in Week 14.

Maclin and Joe Flacco continue to have trouble connecting with each other, as Maclin had only three receptions for 27 yards in the loss to Pittsburgh. Maclin nearly had a spectacular toe-drag catch to set the Ravens up in field goal range at the end of the game, but his feet were just out of bounds. Maclin has upside next week against a Browns team he scored against earlier this year, but there’s some downside inserting him into fantasy lineups.

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Jeremy Maclin caught four passes for 41 yards in Sunday's win over the Lions.

Maclin has struggled to get on the same page with Joe Flacco after a brief midseason surge, but the two could get hot down the stretch as Flacco transforms into the playoff version of himself. Consider Maclin a decent FLEX for the first week of the fantasy playoffs when the Ravens travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers.

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Jeremy Maclin catches one pass against the Texans.

Baltimore's pass offense struggled to get much going overall, but this was a surprising performance from the veteran receiver. Maclin was targeted five times in the Monday night victory, gaining six yards on his lone reception of the game. He did slip on an out-route early in the game on what would've been another catch, but Maclin and Flacco didn't appear to be on the same page tonight. Maclin should bounce back in Week 13 against the Lions, but he carries some risk as a FLEX option while the pass offense works through this funk.

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Jeremy Maclin caught four passes for 34 yards in Sunday's win over Green Bay.

Maclin didn't have to do much with the Packers getting shutout, but he will look to bounce back on Monday night against the Texans. Consider Maclin a solid FLEX option in a good matchup.

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Jeremy Maclin nears 100 yards in Week 9.

This was Maclin's highest receiving total this season, as he worked as reliable target for Joe Flacco over the middle throughout the game. Maclin caught eight of nine targets for 98 yards, with a long of 19 yards (the longest of the day for Baltimore) against the Titans. The veteran receiver did leave for a couple plays late in the game after apparently hurting the shoulder that forced him to miss a couple games, but he was back out there. Maclin will now have the Week 10 bye to get the shoulder closer to 100%, and he'll be a good option in Week 11 when the Ravens face the Packers.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is active for Week 10 against the Titans.

Maclin can be used as a low-end WR2/FLEX option with Joe Flacco (concussion) also active against an exploitable Titans secondary. They will look to build on the momentum from last week when they two connected on a touchdown pass against Miami.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is questionable for Week 9.

Maclin played last Thursday against the Dolphins and finished the game without any known issues, so while the shoulder is probably still giving him some discomfort, it'd be a surprise if he wasn't out there versus the Titans on Sunday. Maclin caught three passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in Week 8, and he'll look to have another good game this weekend.

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Jeremy Maclin scores in first game back from shoulder injury.

After missing the last two games with a shoulder injury, Maclin didn't appear limited at all and got off to a fast start. Early in the first quarter, Maclin ran a go route from the slot and Joe Flacco hit him with a dime throw for a 34-yard touchdown (though it did look like the ball might have came loose at the end, it was not even reviewed). But Flacco left the game with a concussion and the Ravens ran a run-heavy offense in their blowout win, so Maclin didn't do too much after that. Overall, he caught three of five targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' win. With a matchup against an Oakland team he's had success against in the past while with the Chiefs, Maclin will be a solid FLEX option in Week 9—assuming Joe Flacco is able to get cleared of his concussion.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is active for Week 8.

After missing two games in a row, the veteran receiver is back for a decimated receiving corps of the Ravens. There's a chance Maclin gets upwards of ten targets in the game, and he's immediately in the FLEX conversation with six teams on a bye. Maclin's presence is a big boost for a Ravens offense that needs to get going to avoid dropping to 3-5 on the season.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is questionable for tomorrow night against Miami.

Maclin has said he's going to do everything he can to play in the game, and he'll likely be a game-time call for the third-straight week. We would expect him to give it a go in a game where his team really needs him, but Maclin would likely be at less than 100% if he plays. The actives/inactives for the game will be released by 7:00 PM ET tomorrow night.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) remains limited in practice.

It's difficult to tell how healthy guys are on weeks with Thursday night games, but the official injury report will be released tomorrow and we'll see how Maclin is listed.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is inactive for Week 7.

The veteran receiver will miss his second straight game, as he again was listed as questionable and tested the shoulder pregame but isn’t ready to go. With Breshad Perriman (concussion) also out, Mike Wallace could see a lot of targets today against Minnesota—though he might be matched up with lockdown corner Xavier Rhodes for much of the game. After today, the Ravens next play on Thursday night against Miami, and Maclin is expected to be ready for that one.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is questionable for Week 7.

Maclin was again limited in practice all week, so he's likely headed for a true game-time decision on Sunday morning. With Breshad Perriman (concussion) out, the Ravens could really use the veteran receiver in a difficult matchup with Minnesota. Maclin's presence would be an upgrade for everyone in the Ravens offense.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) was limited in Thursday's practice.

There will be some question about Maclin's status until he either gets in a full practice or is declared good to go, but we'll know more when the official injury report for the game is released sometime tomorrow by the Ravens.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) was limited in practice today.

Maclin was limited all last week and didn't play in the game, so it's no lock he'll be ready until he gets a full participation in. He could be limited all week and still play on Sunday, however, as he was close to playing against Chicago last Sunday.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) is inactive for the Ravens.

Maclin tested the shoulder in warmups but he isn't ready to go against the Bears. The Ravens will now be without perhaps their best receiver as they look to make it two straight wins and improve to 4-2. Mike Wallace should be in line for more targets and is a FLEX option for today's game. We would think Maclin is ready to go in Week 7.

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Jeremy Maclin (shoulder) will be a game-time decision, according to Adam Schefter.

The shoulder issue apparently might keep the veteran receiver out of the game, as Maclin will reportedly have it examed pre game. It sounds like the decision won’t be fully up to Maclin, who’s one of the league’s toughest players and would almost certainly play if it were up to him. Be sure to check in at 11:30 AM ET to see if Maclin is active or inactive against the Bears.

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Jeremy Maclin caught six passes for 43 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

Maclin hasn't scored since Week 2, but he was more involved in this one, setting a season-high for receptions. Perhaps Baltimore will open the offense up more soon, but it probably won't come next Sunday against the Bears. Maclin is just a decent FLEX play.

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Jeremy Maclin (hand) is officially active against the Raiders.

Though Maclin was listed as questionable, this was fully expected. The veteran receiver is a FLEX option against Oakland.

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Jeremy Maclin (hand) is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Maclin was a full participant in practice every day this week, and if there was still a "probable" tag he'd probably be listed as that. Check back in on Sunday, but it'd be a shock if Maclin was not out there on Sunday.  He's a FLEX option against Oakland.

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Jeremy Maclin caught three passes for 21 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Maclin has been quiet for two-straight weeks as the Baltimore offense has struggled in two losses. The 29-year-old should be better as Joe Flacco improves coming off his preseason back injury. Despite the recent struggles, Maclin is on the FLEX radar for Week 5 against the Raiders.

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Jeremy Maclin catches one pass in Week 3.

Maclin left the game in the first half to be evaluated for a concussion, but he returned for the second half. He had five targets and caught one for eight yards against the Jags. The entire Ravens passing offense performed poorly in the game, so this is a bit of an anomaly. Maclin and the Ravens should have a much better game in Week 4 against Pittsburgh.

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Jeremy Maclin clears concussion protocol.

Maclin is back for the second half against the Jaguars, with his team down 23-0. The Ravens could be passes a lot down the stretch here.

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Jeremy Maclin heads to locker room in Week 3.

Maclin cam down hard on an interception by the Jaguars and is being evaluated for a concussion. He'll need to pass concussion protocol to get back in the game, and the Ravens could use him as they are down 13-0 to Jacksonville.

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Jeremy Maclin scores again in Week 2 victory over the Browns.

After catching a 48-yard touchdown last week, Maclin caught a two-yard score against Cleveland. He finished with four catches for 31 yards. Considering he was never able to really work with Joe Flacco in the preseason, Maclin has started about as well as fantasy owners could hope, and he should get better as he builds chemistry with his quarterback. With the Jags up next on the schedule, though, it might be wise to leave him on the bench for Week 3.

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Jeremy Maclin scores in his first game with the Ravens.

The former Eagles and Chiefs receiver had two receptions for 56 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown reception on a slant route where there was an apparent breakdown in coverage and Maclin basically walked into the end zone from 48 yards. Maclin tied a team-high with four targets—a great number, considering Baltimore threw only 17 times in their dominant shutout victory. Maclin has a good matchup against Cleveland in Week 2 and will be a good FLEX option in that game.

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Jeremy Maclin doesn't think chemistry with Joe Flacco will be "that big of an issue."

Flacco missed the entire preseason with a back injury, but Maclin does not sound at all concerned about being on the same page as his quarterback. The veteran receiver says Flacco has been putting the ball right on the money in the couple practices they've had together. Ideally, they would've gotten some work together in the preseason, but Maclin and Flacco could still get on the same page very quickly. Maclin is a fine FLEX option to open the season despite the difficult matchup against the Bengals, who ranked second against receivers in fantasy points allowed last year.

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Jeremy Maclin gets a carry in Ravens' third preseason game.

Maclin did not draw a target in the exhibition agains the Bills. The veteran receiver's preseason is almost certainly done, as he probably won't be playing in the team's fourth preseason game. He didn't do much of anything through the air this preseason, but he's without starting quarterback Joe Flacco. Hopefully Flacco is fully recovered by his back injury and good to go in Week 1. You're drafting Maclin in the hope of he and Flacco forming a nice connection without much practice time together.

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Jeremy Maclin catches one pass for five yards in Week 2 preseason debut.

It was Maclin's first game with the Ravens, as most of the starters sat out Baltimore's Week 1 preseason game. Maclin was targeted only once by Ryan Mallett. Perhaps more than anyone in the Ravens offense, Maclin would benefit by starting quarterback Joe Flacco being healthy and on the field as someone that would rely on the veteran receiver to come up with tough catches—something Mallett might not do.

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Jeremy Maclin said on "Know Them From Adam" that he tore his groin last season.

Maclin told Adam Schefter that he played through the injury when asked about people that say he lost a step. The former Chief missed four games last season, but came back and tried to play through it at the end of the year and in the playoffs. Maclin originally injured his groin in Week 8 against the Colts, then tried to play the next week against the Jaguars and promptly left the game in the first quarter, missing the next four games after that. So really, Maclin missed about five and a half games last season. That's in the past, however, as Maclin is on a new team and 100%. The Ravens are missing a lot of targets from last season, and Maclin figures to get a good amount of them.

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Maclin's deal can be worth up to $14 million over two years, according to Mike Garafolo.

Incentives allow the deal to reach that number. The Ravens really wanted Maclin, and they got him. He might be the best receiver Joe Flacco has played with, and we'll see how quickly they can gain chemistry this season.

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Jerey Maclin's deal with the Ravens is two years, $11 million, according to Ian Rapoport.

It's about the same deal Mike Wallace got with the Ravens last season. Maclin wa making about twice as much per year with the Chiefs, and this could turn out to be a bargain for Baltimore. Maclin just turned 29 last month, so he'll be 30 when he hits free agency again in March 2019. But the underrated receiver will be with Baltimore for at least the next two seasons as they try to make another Super Bowl run.

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Mike Garafolo reports the Eagles "took a shot" at Jeremy Maclin.

This lines up with the Josina Anderson report that Maclin was considering the Eagles more than the Bills. Garafolo says it "wasn't exactly a bidding war," implying that the Eagles didn't offer nearly as much as Baltimore, who reportedly gave Maclin "solid money." Head coach Doug Peterson said the team wasn't interested in Maclin right now, and it appears there might be a disconnect between Peterson and the front office—something that seemed obvious during Pederson's first year with the Eagles.

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Josina Anderson reports that Jeremy Maclin's decision came down to the Eagles and Ravens.

Considering Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said the team was not interested in Maclin at this time, this could potentially be fake news. Nevertheless, Maclin is a Raven and will look to be a big contributor for them.

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Jeremy Maclin is signing with the Baltimore Ravens, according to Adam Schefter.

It's a two-year deal, per Schefter. This is a big get for the Ravens, who are looking to bounce back and make a Super Bowl run after missing the playoffs last season.  Maclin is only 29-years-old and should have a lot left in the tank. He will immediately step in as a full-time starter along with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman, giving Joe Flacco another reliable target. The veteran receiver—who played four seasons for offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg in Philadelphia when Mornhinweg was the offensive coordinator there—should fit right in with the Ravens, and he should be a factor this season. He might not offer major upside in the Ravens offense, but Maclin is worth a mid-round pick in 2017 fantasy drafts as one of the better receivers in the NFL.

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The Bills and Ravens expect Jeremy Maclin to make his decision today, according to Ian Rapoport.

Maclin attended a wedding over the weekend, but he's now expected to make a decision soon. Apparently Maclin isn't taking anymore visits. As Rapoport notes, the free agent receiver's decision should lead to the Eric Decker—who is still on the Jets—domino falling. It's difficult to predict where Maclin will decide to go, but if we had to guess we would say Baltimore because they likely have a better chance to compete for a Super Bowl this season; although the Buffalo visit did seem to go well and LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor look to be recruiting him hard.

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Jeremy Maclin has left the Ravens without a deal; decision might not come until next week.

Head coach John Harbaugh said the free agent receiver had a great visit, which included arriving yesterday and watching Game 3 of the NBA Finals, and it extended into today. Harbaugh said Maclin has a wedding this weekend so he wants to take his time and a decision might not come this week. The Ravens clearly would like Maclin, and it sounds like a contract was offered. It could be between Baltimore and Buffalo, but we'll see if other teams show serious interest in Maclin.

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Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said the team isn't interested in signing Jeremy Maclin.

The Eagles brought in a lot of receivers this offseason, including free agents Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They also would have to do some cap navigation to be able to afford Maclin. The non-interest in Maclin could also be a sign that they're seeing positive things from some of their young guys like Nelson Agholor. Maclin is currently on a visit with the Ravens, and the Bills have interest too. It's unclear if the free agent receiver has any other visits set up, but we can rule Philadelphia out.

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Maclin leaves Buffalo without a deal, is headed to Baltimore, according to Adam Schefter.

The visit for Maclin in Buffalo presumably went well, as it spilled over from yesterday into today and Maclin was seen smiling with running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Tyrod Taylor on McCoy's Instagram. Now the Bills need to worry he doesn't leave Baltimore without a deal. Maclin could be telling all teams involved that he wants to hear from everyone first, however. Buffalo and Baltimore are likely the two favorites for Maclin.

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Jeremy Maclin is still visiting the Bills.

Bills running back LeSean McCoy posted a video on Instagram saying that he's recruiting and a caption said "signing players daily." The Bills, who took Maclin to dinner last night, clearly want him on the team. We'll see if they allow him to leave Buffalo and go to his visit to Baltimore that was reportedly scheduled for today.

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The Browns have "inquired" about Jeremy Maclin, according to Cleveland.com.

Adam Schefter said this morning that the Browns were interested. Head coach Hue Jackson was asked about Maclin and said that'd be "a good thing" if they inquired about him, indicating that he'd like to have Maclin on the team. The Browns have boatloads of cap space and can offer a ton of money to Maclin, even if it's just a one-year deal to make the team better in 2017.

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The Browns and Eagles "have expressed some level of interest" in Jeremy Maclin, according to Mike Rodak.

Maclin is scheduled to visit Buffalo today, then Baltimore on Wednesday. The Browns and Eagles are reportedly also interested in Maclin, and there are sure to be other teams as well. Rodak says a decision is likely to come this week on where Maclin will sign with. If not this week, it'd almost certainly be by the end of next week.

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Jeremy Maclin is visiting the Bills today, according to Adam Schefter.

Schefter says there are plans for Maclin to visit the Ravens on Wednesday. Buffalo and Baltimore are considered the two favorites for Maclin. It's possible Maclin doesn't leave Buffalo without signing a deal, but he might want to hear what Baltimore and others have to say/offer first. Again, Maclin should find his new team this week.

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Mike Garafolo says the Maclin situation will "clarify itself" today.

Garafolo says that because Maclin was cut so late on Friday, he wasn't officially on the wire until today. Garafolo also expects four or five teams to be "serious contenders" for Maclin, and that "the Bills' draw will be tempting for him." Other teams that may have serious interest are the Ravens, 49ers, Cowboys, and Eagles, among others. It would seem likely Maclin will sign sometime this week, if not next.

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LeSean McCoy is recruiting free agent receiver Jeremy Maclin to the Bills.

McCoy expressed optimism at his charity softball game, according to ESPN, saying "don't be surprised if it happens." Of course, McCoy and Maclin played together with the Eagles. Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who was also at McCoy's charity softball game, said he would "love" to have Maclin on the team and plans on reaching out to him. The Bills should be considered one of the favorites for Maclin.

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Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith tells The Kansas City Star that he was "shocked" of the release of Jeremy Maclin.

Losing your number one receiver this late will do that. Smith said Maclin is "a really good friend" and "great person, great teammate" so it's sinking in for him that he won't be around. Smith said Maclin being injured and trying to push through to help the team last season contributed to his sub par year. The young guys (like Tyreek Hill and Chris Conley) will be relied upon to step up for Smith, as he lost a reliable target in Maclin. We would think Maclin will find a new team sometime next week.

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The Chiefs did not ask Jeremy Maclin to take a paycut, according to Mike Garafolo.

Garafolo says the team "dabbled" in trade talks about Maclin, then released him without asking if he'd take a pay cut. The move is a little puzzling and is an indication of how things can be in the NFL and professional sports sometimes. The team saves $10 million in cap space, but this is still a very surprising move for a Super Bowl contender to make.

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Shocker: The Chiefs have released Jeremy Maclin.

This is about as big of a surprise as you'll get this time of year. Maclin is one of the better receivers in the NFL on a contending team, but the Chiefs have decided to part ways with their number one receiver. Just two years ago, Maclin signed a five-year, $55 million contract with the Chiefs. Now Kansas City will go with dynamic second year player Tyreek Hill as their number one wide receiver, along with star tight end Travis Kelce. Maclin tweeted "crazy business this is" in a thank you to the Chiefs fans. Maclin will have little trouble finding a new team, as he should receive a ton of interest on the open market and is likely to receive a nice contract.

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Jeremy Maclin says the Chiefs "deserve better" from him.

Maclin said last season was not up to his standards, and that it's not about numbers. "I just... didn't play as well as I could have," Maclin said via The Kansas City Star. Maclin didn't seem himself at times last season, and battling a groin injury that caused him to miss four-plus games didn't help. Maclin got married just a few days ago, but he's committed to bouncing back and reported to OTAs when he could be at a honeymoon right now. As one of the most underrated players in the league, Maclin should bounce back this season.

Jeremy Maclin gets four targets in playoff loss to Steelers.

Maclin had two receptions for 28 yards. He had a key conversion on third and long to keep a late Chiefs drive going. Alex Smith just missed Maclin on a deep ball late in the game on a would-be touchdown. Maclin was hampered by a groin injury this season, and Tyreek Hill emerged along with Travis Kelce stepping up, but Maclin might provide some great value in 2017 fantasy drafts. He'll be an extreme bargain if he's ranked outside the top 35-40 receivers.

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Jeremy Maclin ends regular season with four catches for 53 yards versus San Diego.

This was a good game for Maclin, considering the Chargers have shut down number one receiver all season. Maclin ends the regular season with 44 receptions for 536 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games. It's Maclin's first season (besides 2013 when he missed the year with a torn ACL) that he didn't reach at least 63 receptions and 850 yards since his rookie season. Obviously bothered by a groin injury for much of the season, Maclin appears fully healthy and ready to help the Chiefs in the AFC playoffs.

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Jeremy Maclin caught three-of-four targets for nine yards in the Chiefs Christmas Night victory over the Broncos.

Kansas City got off to a hot 21-7 start after the 1st quarter and ended up winning 33-10. Maclin would have had a long touchdown catch after getting behind the defense, but Alex Smith was hit as he threw it and the pass was intercepted. Andy Reid's offense is centered around Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill, but we wouldn't bet against Maclin making some huge plays in the postseason. J-Mac will be a FLEX with Casey Hayward potentially shadowing him next Sunday against the Chargers.

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Jeremy Maclin leads the Chiefs in targets in Week 15.

He caught six-of-eight targets for 82 yards. Maclin looked like his usual self and made plays for the Chiefs all game. Alex Smith also targeted Maclin in the endzone, but it was easily picked off by the Titans. Maclin gets an extremely hard matchup on Christmas against Denver, so he'll be more of a FLEX option for that game.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin catches only one pass in his return.

Maclin was only targeted three times by Alex Smith. Maclin was sent on intermediate-to-deep routes at least a couple of times, but the Raiders seemed to get quick pressure on those plays. In a good matchup next week against the Titans, Maclin is should be able to bounce back in his second game from injury. He'll be a great FLEX option.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin is active for the Chiefs.

After missing the last four games, the Chiefs' number one receiver is back. He is likely 100% and should get a good amount of targets in his first game back. You can pencil Maclin in as a WR2/FLEX in your fantasy lineup.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin (groin) is practicing fully.

Maclin looks like he will finally make his return this Thursday night against the Raiders. He can be in lineups as a low-end WR2, as it's a key game in the AFC and Maclin's absence has been so long for a groin that he will probably be 100%.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs expect Jeremy Maclin (groin) to be able to play this Thursday against the Raiders.

Andy Reid said himself that Maclin is progressing. The Chiefs got the W without him on Sunday, and the Chiefs might have held out their star receiver knowing that they had a short turnaround this Thursday night in a huge game for first place in the AFC West. If Maclin plays, he will be an immediate WR2/FLEX, with the upside to develop into a WR1/WR2 in the fantasy playoffs.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin (groin) is out for Sunday against the Falcons.

He won't make the trip to Atlanta. It's unclear if he had a setback, or if they just determined they did not want to risk re-injury and want him closer to 100%. Either way, it'll make things tougher for the Chiefs against the Falcons. We'll update you on why exactly Maclin has been ruled out before Sunday. Tyreek Hill will be a solid WR2/FLEX against Atlanta.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin (groin) listed as questionable.

We expect Maclin to play. He posted a photo on Instagram of his 'My Cause, My Cleats' cleats that have his organization JMac Gives Back on them. Maclin will be an immediate FLEX play against a Falcons secondary without Desmond Trufant. Pick up Maclin if he's available in your league.

Jeremy Maclin | Retired WR

Jeremy Maclin (groin) will practice for the Chiefs today, according to multiple reports.

After missing three games, Maclin appears set to return this week (if not, then the week after barring any setbacks). If Maclin has been dropped in your league, pick him up. He has the potential to push for at least high-end WR2 numbers down the stretch. He'll be an immediate FLEX play if active against the Falcons this week.

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