Kansas City Chiefs sign WR Jeremy Maclin

Maclin had a great 2014 season, as he had career highs across the board in Chip Kelly’s offense, despite quarterback problems, catching 85 passes for 1318 yards and 10 touchdowns, while grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 14th ranked wide receiver. However, he’s a one-year wonder. From 2009-2013, he missed 21 games with injury, including all of 2013 with a torn ACL. 2014 was also the first season in his career in which he graded out above average on Pro Football Focus. He was terrible in 2012, grading out 101st out of 105 eligible.

He obviously deserved to be a hot commodity on the open market this off-season, but I think the Chiefs overpaid with this 5-year, 55 million dollar deal that guarantees him 22.5 million, even though the Chiefs have huge problems at wide receiver. The fact that the Eagles, who have issues at wide receiver at well, were only willing to offer 9 million annually to Maclin is concerning, as is the fact that Maclin never did well before being in Chip Kelly’s scheme last season and now he returns to Andy Reid’s scheme, which he didn’t do that well in from 2009-2012 to start his career. Couple that with his injury history and his overall past struggles and this isn’t a very good deal. The Chiefs appear to have overpaid out of desperation, which isn’t a good move, especially for a team that doesn’t have a ton of cap flexibility.

Grade: C-




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