It has been well documented that the Baltimore Ravens are extremely tight on cap space. Although, the Ravens do have several pressing roster needs that they must address in free agency or in the upcoming NFL Draft. The biggest need for the Ravens, without a doubt, is wide receiver.
Baltimore seemingly missed out on the top free agent receivers due to their high market value. Although free agents aren’t allowed to sign any contracts until Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET, they are allowed to agree, verbally, to deals. On Tuesday, Albert Wilson agreed to a three-year deal worth $24 million with the Miami Dolphins and Paul Richardson agreed to a five-year deal worth $40 million with the Washington Redskins among others. The headliners of this free agent class, Sammy Watkins and Allen Robinson, got rather lucrative three-year deals as well.
Clearly, the Baltimore Ravens, because of their cap situation, were in no position to give out a deal like those mentioned above. However, they did agree to two deals on Tuesday. They signed John Brown to a one-year deal worth $5.5 million and then, Baltimore shockingly signed wide receiver Ryan Grant to a four-year deal $29 million. Now, assuming Brown and Grant officially sign with Baltimore once free agency begins on Wednesday, the Ravens receiving corps will consist of Grant, Brown, Jeremy Maclin, Breshad Perriman, Tim White and Chris Moore. Also, Quincy Adeboyejo is an exclusive-rights free agent.
Regardless, with the Ravens very tight on cap-space and their two additions, Maclin’s future in Baltimore is rather unclear. Many expected Maclin to be among one of the first cuts this offseason due to his poor play last season. However, after making two cuts and declining an option, Maclin is still on the roster. It is worth noting, the Ravens have until Friday before his $1 million bonus is due.
WR Jeremy Maclin has a $1M bonus due on Friday, 3/16 (3rd day of league year), so that is likely the drop dead date for a decision on his release.
— Brian McFarland (@RavensSalaryCap) March 13, 2018
Maclin’s production during the 2017 season was extremely underwhelming. Many thought before the season that the trio of Maclin, Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman would be extremely productive. That was far from the truth. Maclin struggled to catch the football and create separation. According to Fox Sports, Maclin had 2 drops on 72 targets and measly catch percentage of 55.6%.
Brown nor Grant are the same type of receiver as Maclin, but in terms of production and considering the salary cap, should Maclin be released? Considering Baltimore’s cap space and the additions of Grant and Brown, Maclin may be on his way out. Neither Brown or Grant have proven track records like Maclin, but both have higher ceilings, at this point. Not to mention, Brown and Grant are younger than Maclin.
According to SpoTrac, releasing Maclin would create $5 million in cap space. Not to mention, reports are suggesting that the Ravens are interested in wide receiver Jordy Nelson. Nevertheless, should wide receiver Jeremy Maclin be cut?
Should WR Jeremy Maclin be released?
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