Ravens make sense for Jeremy Maclin, if they have the cap space

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The Chiefs’ surprising decision to cut receiver Jeremy Maclin on Friday instantly makes Maclin the most attractive free agent on the market, a player who will have multiple offers. One of those offers will surely come from Baltimore.

The Ravens were already in need of a receiver after losing Steve Smith to retirement and Kamar Aiken in free agency and not adding any receivers in free agency or the draft. Then tight end Dennis Pitta, who led the Ravens with 86 catches last season, was lost to a hip injury on the same day the Chiefs cut Maclin.

Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Maclin played in Philadelphia for his first four NFL seasons, so Maclin would arrive in Baltimore already knowing the offense.

The question, however, is whether a contract that makes sense for both sides could be worked out. Maclin surely knows he’s not going to make the $10 million this season that he would have made in Kansas City, but he may want more than the Ravens, who have just $2.1 million in cap space, can afford to offer him. Baltimore will likely have to restructure some veterans’ contracts before a deal with Maclin could be worked out.

But if it can be worked out, it makes a lot of sense for both sides.

12 responses to “Ravens make sense for Jeremy Maclin, if they have the cap space

  1. Just 2.1 million in cap space? They need to learn how to evaluate a roster and not be afraid to let some guys go .

  2. They need someone 6’5 or taller. Jump ball Joe isn’t changing at this point in his career.

  3. Bills make the most sense to me. Can’t rely on Sammy Watkins to stay healthy, they are one injury away from the starting receivers being Zay Jones and Andre Holmes

  4. Has nothing to do with Joe’s contact, its the going rate for a starting qb,Baltimore is cash strapped because of failed draft picks, when draft picks fail, u have to pay free agents, Matt elam failed so now you pay weddle, pitta gets hurt and max Williams failed so now you pay Watson who didn’t even play on snap, Perriman, busted his knee so now u have to pay Wallace. Then u have a ton of dead money to count for,Joe’s cap hit was 22 million and that’s about right for a starting qb, if u want to blame the cap situation on some one blame scouting, sergio kindle, Matt elam
    author brown Maxx Williams, Terrance Cody these guys should have been starting and they all stink

  5. Then don’t start me on Campanero, this guy sneezes to hard and he’s injured, now Baltimore has to pay a Maclin or a boldin, drafting has been horrible besides mosley u haven’t drafted a pro bowler

  6. The Ravens drafted heavy on defense this year. Next year it will be on offense. I just hope there is a plethora of offensive talent in the draft.

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