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Chiefs dump Jeremy Maclin

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The Chiefs are partying like it’s 2005.

More than a decade after the NFL made it easier to part ways with veteran players in March instead of June, the Chiefs opted to hold receiver Jeremy Maclin on the roster until June 2, before surprisingly cutting him in the kind of post-June 1 move that used to be commonplace.

It sounds permanent, and not merely an effort to bring him back at a lower rate after he tests the market.

“I’d like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said in a statement. “I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career.”

“These decisions are never easy, especially with a player like Jeremy who I’ve grown close with on and off the football field over the years,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. “I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward.”

The move means that the Chiefs will absorb a $2.4 million cap charge this year and $4.8 million next year, instead of taking the full $7.2 million at once. The move also avoids a $9.75 million salary for 2017 and a $250,000 workout bonus, clearing $10 million in cap space.

Maclin had 1,088 receiving yards in his first season with the Chiefs, but only 536 in 2016. The 29-year-old Maclin instantly becomes a free agent, and he exits Kansas City with $23 million for two years of work.

Maclin joins running back Jamaal Charles as high-profile skill-position players who have been sent packing by the Chiefs this year. Some think that quarterback Alex Smith eventually will join them as former employees of the team.

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  1. ctiggs says: Jun 2, 2017 7:53 PM

    Come on Niners pick him up! #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS

  2. dxfiler says: Jun 2, 2017 7:57 PM

    So now they can go back to an entire season of no wr catching a single TD. Also the clear #1 is a TE who is a reality tv star. This will end well.

  3. txmidnite says: Jun 2, 2017 7:58 PM

    Could have shown a bit of class and named him a month or so ago as a post June 1st cut. Not that I’m a Maclin fan by any means.

  4. kevpft says: Jun 2, 2017 8:01 PM

    Oh, unless they bring him back, I think they’re going to regret this. This is not the time to get less deep on offense in the AFC West.

  5. Kapodaco says: Jun 2, 2017 8:02 PM

    WOW. I would argue that was their best receiver. He’s had some injury concerns, but he’s as solid a receiver as they come.

    I’d be shocked if he wasn’t signed in the next few days.

  6. pbeddoe says: Jun 2, 2017 8:04 PM

    And this is news? The Chefs should dump the whole team and start over…

  7. stinkymcmulligan says: Jun 2, 2017 8:06 PM

    Maclin is nothing more than a fringe practice player

  8. jbaxt says: Jun 2, 2017 8:06 PM

    He wasn’t a #1 WR since coming over from Philly. Of course I can’t remember KC ever having a true #1.

  9. osubrndn says: Jun 2, 2017 8:09 PM

    feels like he’s been in the league forever, thought he was much older

  10. rondayne says: Jun 2, 2017 8:12 PM

    As a Bills fan this move makes me feel a little better about that 2018 chiefs first round pick

  11. lewsblues says: Jun 2, 2017 8:18 PM

    Does this mean a suspension is in the pipeline?

  12. raidernation707 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:19 PM

    As a Raider fan, one less guy we have to worry about! Him Kelce and Hill were headaches for any defense specially ours

  13. dejadoh says: Jun 2, 2017 8:19 PM


  14. gerard33 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:22 PM

    Apparently they think Conley showed enough.

  15. ctiggs says: Jun 2, 2017 8:23 PM

    also, not like noodle arm alexis could take advantage of his skills any ways

  16. ricko1112 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:35 PM

    This guy was expensive! They made 1 call to him, instead of his agent during the LEGAL tampering period and lost 2 draft picks and $350K!

    On the other hand, the Jets had secret face to face meetings with Revis and several secret phone calls with him while he was under contract with NE. The Jets got a $100K fine.

    How screwed does that make you feel Chiefs fans? Goodell’s integrity at work!

  17. uglydingo says: Jun 2, 2017 8:35 PM

    Perhaps he could replace Danny Amendola on the Patriots roster as the #4 WR or a backup in case of injury. More weapons for Tom Brady and lock in another Super Bowl.

  18. nickinneohio says: Jun 2, 2017 8:35 PM

    Another missing link to the Browns turn around?

  19. ezpkns34 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:40 PM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing my team bring him in, couldn’t hurt

  20. Susan Imbriale says: Jun 2, 2017 8:44 PM

    He ‘ LL sign w Patriots or Packers
    The rich get richer

  21. gogreenbiotch says: Jun 2, 2017 8:52 PM

    He will be back in philly shortly. Jordan Matthews, I think you just became trade bait for a corner.

  22. latinlover11 says: Jun 2, 2017 8:56 PM

    It’s a odd move for KC at this stage of the offseason. His production was a bit off from his historic averages last year, so perhaps they’re cutting their losses with the cap rather than keep someone deemed as in decline.

  23. therealtrenches says: Jun 2, 2017 8:58 PM

    Their best receiver? By the end of last season that was Tyreek Hill.

  24. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 2, 2017 8:58 PM

    Maclin might be the most nondescript player in the league. He’s not a “dynamic” receiver, but beither is he a “bad” receiver. He’s not a “locker room cancer”, but he’s not a “team leader” either. As a football pllayer, Maclin defies adjectives.

  25. mrcneff says: Jun 2, 2017 9:01 PM

    That’s a lot of faith in their remaining wide receiver not to beat any other women.

  26. officialgame says: Jun 2, 2017 9:02 PM

    Andy Reid did a major sell job for Maclin to leave the Eagles. How do you feel now Mac? Pretty stupid for trusting fat Andy who cut you two weeks after your wedding. This is going to hurt the Cheifs locker room the same way it hurt the Eagles when Reid didn’t re sight Brian Dawkins.

  27. absolutevisuals says: Jun 2, 2017 9:30 PM

    Even Belichick wouldn’t do that so soon without having somebody proven in their system.

    Dorsey trying to find his way out of a job.

  28. absolutevisuals says: Jun 2, 2017 9:32 PM

    Seriously, they lost Poe, they lost Charles, and they now lose Maclin. You can make reasons for it but at the end of the day there’s only one question, who replaces them?

  29. bird2urmother says: Jun 2, 2017 9:40 PM

    It’d be nice to see him back on the eagles but I know it won’t happen. They have a couple solid veterans and some cheaper youngsters with some potential at the wr position.

  30. floridaslonechargersfan says: Jun 2, 2017 9:43 PM

    Raiders at Chargers on NYE for the Division Title.

  31. kcflake says: Jun 2, 2017 9:51 PM

    Man. Color me shocked.

  32. mlhigh says: Jun 2, 2017 10:00 PM

    That worked out well.

  33. mrpeepee says: Jun 2, 2017 10:05 PM

    Would love him back in Philly if they decide to trade Matthews

  34. xavier179 says: Jun 2, 2017 10:07 PM

    He has lost a step, so it was best to part ways.

  35. eagleswin says: Jun 2, 2017 10:19 PM

    Maclin is still a very good player who was overpaid in KC for the offense they run. While i would like to see him back in Philly at a reasonable price I don’t see it happening.

  36. thisistheendifyouletit says: Jun 2, 2017 10:19 PM

    As a close friend of the organization – HA HA HA

  37. blowfishes says: Jun 2, 2017 10:27 PM

    Although not a true no.1 receiver, in the history of Chief wide receivers, I’d still rank Jeremy Maclin somewhere over Dwayne Bowe.

  38. okk245 says: Jun 2, 2017 11:10 PM

    stinkymcmulligan says:
    Jun 2, 2017 8:06 PM
    Maclin is nothing more than a fringe practice player

    thumbs up 15 – thumbs down 140
    Ya kinda earned that moniker

  39. 400marios says: Jun 2, 2017 11:10 PM

    His production in KC probably dropped off because he was running patterns beyond 10 yards.

    KC is the only place where you can have 100 catch season and 500 yards receiving

  40. bpacha77511 says: Jun 3, 2017 12:56 AM

    Maclin might be “nondescript” but id love to call him a eagle again…..come home maclin.

  41. ctchiefsfan says: Jun 3, 2017 12:56 AM

    This Chiefs fan is really amazed.

  42. jodave5 says: Jun 3, 2017 1:51 AM

    Chiefs WR’s gotta be the sorriest lot of any position of any team in the NFL.

  43. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Jun 3, 2017 3:29 AM

    Saints on line 1…better hands than Ginn, and a better team player than Cooks.

  44. lilrob10201 says: Jun 3, 2017 4:50 AM

    I hope he comes back to philly. Jeffery,Mathews,and Maclin would be one of the best WR group in the NFL. Give Wentz just one more weapon.

  45. joetoronto says: Jun 3, 2017 6:25 AM

    There’s no need for WR’s with 5 yard Alice at the helm.

  46. gjv001 says: Jun 3, 2017 6:35 AM

    Maclin could elevate the level of competion in the Bills camp.

  47. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jun 3, 2017 6:51 AM

    andy went to this guys wedding over the weekend. some wedding present……

  48. johny248 says: Jun 3, 2017 7:26 AM

    Wow…That’s surprising. He was Andy’s boy. Howie should get on the phone asap.

  49. bobbyhoying says: Jun 3, 2017 7:37 AM

    I don’t remember him dropping many passes in Philly. If his wheels are good he’d have to be an upgrade to the butter fingers crowd.

  50. Iknowitall says: Jun 3, 2017 9:19 AM

    Every move the Chiefs are making now, is with the fact that Mahomes will be the starting QB in 2018.

    The Chiefs are setting this team up for the 2018 season, not 2017

    With Mahomes at the helm, the Chiefs will be ready to win multiple Lombardi trophies

  51. eagleswin says: Jun 3, 2017 10:09 AM

    Alex Smith is the perfect QB to let the defense win it for you. He won’t screw it up by turning the ball over but he’ll never make the big play.

    When Andy was hired the Chiefs had 8 returning pro bowlers on defense and a dumpster fire at QB. He didn’t bring in a QB he thought could win the Superbowl, he brought in the QB who he thought would let the defense win it.

    Hopefully their young QB will turn around the WR graveyard that KC has become.

  52. chuckxx says: Jun 3, 2017 10:34 AM

    Why couldn’t they have figured out a way to deal him in a trade during the draft when emotions were high and teams were wheeling and dealing???? Seems that by waiting it really cost them dearly after reading your article. It makes me scratch my head as to the timing. Losing your absolute “Best Wide Receiver” will cost them dearly this season. There is no close second to him.

  53. richabbs says: Jun 3, 2017 10:43 AM

    Maclin had some good years working in Mornhinweg ‘s offense and the Ravens need a WR, maybe they can work something out. Maclin, Wallace and Perriman would be a solid receiving core.

  54. tylawspick6 says: Jun 3, 2017 10:57 AM

    he is done

    never been the same since the blown out acl

  55. aj66shanghai says: Jun 3, 2017 11:03 AM

    Saints could use him. Maybe Minnesota. Feel like he will end up on the Colts though.

  56. mclennon99 says: Jun 3, 2017 1:42 PM

    Bills should sign him and team him up with Sammy Watkin’s and Zay Jones…nice triple threat!

  57. war27 says: Jun 3, 2017 1:51 PM

    Yeah, he’s never been the same. The year after injury he had:

    85 receptions
    1318 yards

    Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles were the Eagles starters.

  58. riverhorsey says: Jun 3, 2017 7:22 PM

    The Broncos new receiver is

  59. maust1013 says: Jun 3, 2017 7:58 PM

    Amazing the number of anonymous keyboard warriors that use girl’s names for guys whose shoe laces are tougher than they are. Also surprising to see just how insecure Raiders fans still are.

  60. silvernblacksabbath says: Jun 8, 2017 9:54 AM

    Get rid of that QB!!!!

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