Just over a week after the Kansas City Chiefs shocked the rest of football with the sudden release of wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, Maclin now finds a new home. On Monday, Maclin signed a deal with the Baltimore Ravens. For fantasy owners, no landing spot could have been better than this. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported the news, it will be a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old wide receiver is fresh off a 2016 campaign that saw him put up the worst numbers of his career. He tallied just 44 receptions, 536 yards and two touchdowns and only 76 targets. That came on the heels of a Pro Bowl caliber season in 2015 when Maclin posted 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season with the Chiefs.
Baltimore desperately needed pass catchers for Joe Flacco, especially given the recent release of tight end Dennis Pitta after he broke his hip for the third time. Before Monday, the Ravens would have entered the 2017 season with Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman as their top two wide receivers. Now they've added a reliable weapon in Maclin, who could reasonably emerge as Flacco's go-to target and return Maclin to another 100-plus target season.
For fantasy owners, Maclin gets a nice turnaround from his days in Kansas City. With Flacco's arm and Baltimore's system, he should see better production than he posted last year. While eight touchdowns is likely out of the question, Maclin offers the chance to reach 1,000-plus yards again as he still has a few good years left in the tank. Maclin should make for a nice WR3 in fantasy this season.
Maclin's arrival in Baltimore doesn't rule out the potential addition of Eric Decker either. Schefter further reported that Baltimore's interest in acquiring Decker remains and they'll still make a run at a potential trade with the New York Jets or pursue Decker if he is waived.