Score one for the team that didn’t get a single touchdown from its wide receivers in 2014.
Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin intends to sign with the Chiefs, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday night.
Maclin is 14th in PFT’s free agent rankings.
A Chesterfield, Missouri native and University of Missouri product, the 26-year-old Maclin hauled a career-high 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Eagles in 2014. He played four seasons under now-Chiefs coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia (2009-2012). In Kansas City, Maclin will be the clear-cut top receiver and will add a desperately needed boost of playmaking ability to the passing game.
Maclin’s arrival casts further doubt on the future of Dwayne Bowe with Kansas City. Bowe, the Chiefs’ No. 1 receiver in recent seasons, is due $10.75 million in salary in 2015 and $9.75 million in salary in 2016 and 2017, per NFLPA records. For a 30-year-old wideout who has not reached 1,000 yards receiving since 2011, such compensation is hard to justify.
The reported loss of Maclin is a setback for the Eagles, whose offense is suddenly in need of speed. In the last year, the club has let go of wide receiver DeSean Jackson and agreed to deal tailback LeSean McCoy.
And now, Maclin looks to be departing, too.