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Chiefs release Jeremy Maclin in surprising fashion; room for him in the nest?

3 June 2017 Eagles News

On Friday night, the Kansas City Chiefs surprisingly announced they have released WR Jeremy Maclin.

Just two years ago, Maclin signed a five-year, $55 million dollar deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, connecting with former head coach, Andy Reid. The former Eagles’ first round pick, probably thought he was going back home to his birth state of Missouri to finish his career right where his football career started. Wrong.

At the end of the day, the NFL, is just that… a business. While some fans out there may harp on the idea of of a veteran player showing up to OTAs and being a leader in the locker room, the Chiefs sent their No. 1 wideout home for good during the middle of “voluntary” OTAs.

If you’re an Eagles fan you’ve probably already checked your timeline on Twitter, and someone has probably mentioned the idea of bringing back Jeremy Maclin.

People are suckers for a feel good story and the idea of bringing back the Mack to the nest, is an interesting thought. However, when you look at the Eagles cap space, is there really room for “Jeremy-Maclin-money” in the budget?

Do you remember being a child and asking for something from your parents and then they ask you, “Do you have money for that?”

In the offseason, the Eagles brought in Alshon Jeffery, when we didn’t think they had Alshon-Jeffery-money. The Birds also brought in vertical-threat, Torrey Smith, into the mix as well. When the draft was over and done with, we saw the Eagles bring in wide receivers Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson in the mid-rounds of the draft. Did I also mention Nelson Agholor, the once called “Jeremy Maclin clone” is still here in Philadelphia?

If we’re going to connect the dots, yes, Doug Pederson was Jeremy Maclin’s former offensive coordinator. Howie Roseman knows who Jeremy Maclin is as a player, and probably would have kept him here if he had his way when Chip Kelly was in command.

Maclin, once even co-signed on the idea of Doug Pederson being the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

“He’s a guy who understands how things are supposed to be done,” Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin once said on Comcast SportsNet. “I think he’s going to do great things. I’m excited for him. He deserves it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he does up there.”

Would I want Jeremy Maclin in Philadelphia? Of course. Maclin would be an upgrade over Torrey Smith, who is a band-aid type as well. The problem is, Maclin probably doesn’t fit the budget. Is Maclin looking for another pay day–which I wouldn’t fault him for–or is he looking for familiar places and familiar faces?

The offense and the city of Philadelphia would be a perfect fit for his skill-set. After a down year, due to injuries, Maclin saw a big dip in production(44 rec, 536 yards, 2 TDS), is he willing to give us a major hometown discount is the real question.

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