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Jeremy Maclin Signs Two-Year Deal

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. The addition of JMac provides Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco with quite a dangerous trio of wideouts for the upcoming 2017 NFL season. Maclin will be joining Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman to form that trio. The move to Baltimore also reunites Maclin with former Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg.

Looking Back at JMac’s Career

Jeremy Maclin attended Kirkwood High School in his hometown of Kirkwood, Missouri. As a two-sport athlete for the Pioneers, Jeremy was a letterman in both football and basketball. Maclin proved to be a very versatile football player for Kirkwood. He played as a safety, punt returner, and standout wide receiver. In addition, he recorded two touchdowns passing the ball. His performance in high school earned him a spot as one of the top prospects out of the state of Missouri in 2006 and was considered to be the top wide receiver. As a matter of fact, ranked Jeremy Maclin as the nation’s No. 24 wide receiver prospect and the No. 3 overall prospect in the state.

University of Missouri Tigers

Maclin attended the University of Missouri where he played football under coach Gary Pinkel from 2006 until 2008. A versatile player, he played as a wide receiver along with kick return and punt return specialist. Jeremy suffered a knee injury during a 7-on-7 drill in July 2006. As a result, he missed the entire season. The following season, he set school records with 43 kick returns and 1,039 kick return yards. In addition, Maclin set the NCAA freshman record for total yards with 2,776.

The 2008 season saw Jeremy Maclin set multiple school records — receptions (102), receiving yards (1,260), touchdowns (13), and total yards (2,833). Although college roommate Sean Witherspoon tried to convince Maclin to return for his junior season, he ultimately declared for the 2009 NFL Draft on January 9, 2009, after having played only 28 games in his college career.

At the conclusion of his time as a Mizzou Tiger, Jeremy Maclin held the school record for punt return touchdowns (3), kick returns (85), kick return yards (2,049), kick return touchdowns (2), and total all-purpose yards (5,609). His performance as a Mizzou Tiger earned him numerous accolades to accompany those records.

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Jeremy Maclin with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. This was further down than draft analyst Mel Kiper projected. Considering him a top NFL prospect, Kiper projected the Oakland Raiders to select Maclin with the tenth overall pick. It was not until August 3rd that an agreement was reached between Maclin and the Eagles organization leading to a five-year, $15.5 million contract signing.

2009 – 2014

In his rookie season, Maclin became the youngest player to score a touchdown in NFL postseason history (21 years, 243 days). In addition, he broke the Eagles record for receiving yards in a playoff game with 146. The previous record, set by Keith Jackson in 1988, was 142 yards.

On August 3, 2011, the Eagles placed Jeremy on the active/non-football illness list. Andy Reid stated on August 5th that he expected Maclin to be healthy and ready to go for the regular season. Twelve days later, it became known that Jeremy Maclin missed training camp due to a lymphoma scare. After discovering an inflammatory virus caused the symptoms, Maclin was activated August 27th.

While participating in training camp, Maclin tore his ACL. As a result, he missed the entire 2013 season. On July 30th, the Eagles officially placed him on the injured reserve list.

Over the course of his 75 game career in Philadelphia, Jeremy Maclin registered 343 receptions for 4,771 yards, 36 touchdowns, and three fumbles. In addition, he rushed for 30 yards on six carries. As a kick and punt returner, Maclin logged 23 combined returns and 247 return yards.

Kansas City Chiefs

2015 – 2016

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55 million contract on March 11, 2015. During his first year with the Chiefs, Maclin posted a career-high 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Following what was one of his best seasons, fellow players ranked him as the 93rd best player in the NFL.

In 2016, Jeremy was forced to miss four games with a groin injury. Starting only 12 games in what is easily considered his worst season, Maclin recorded a mere 44 receptions for 536 yards and two touchdowns.

After two years in Kansas City, Maclin was released by the Chiefs on June 2, 2017.

The Next Chapter: Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens recruiting wins again, much like it did with the additions of Steve Smith, Sr. and Mike Wallace. There were multiple factors in the recruitment of Jeremy Maclin. Spending an evening at the home of now teammate Tony Jefferson to enjoy Game 3 of the NBA Finals with Ravens players was undoubtedly a factor. It gave the parties a relaxed setting to get to know one another better and get an idea of locker room chemistry. Eric Weddle and Jefferson were quick to take to Twitter in the recruiting game as well as in welcoming Maclin to Charm City. Baltimore pulled out all the stops to ink the two-year, $11 million deal — Steve Smith, Sr. came in to do his part.


It wasn’t just the Ravens organization working with current and former players to bring Jeremy in, Jimmy’s Seafood got in on the game as well. In fact, it just might have been their crab cakes that sealed the deal for JMac.

Many fans of the Baltimore Ravens were nervous that Jeremy did not sign a contract initially. The NFL world also had many speculations as to why he didn’t. The reason? “Happy wife, happy life.” After marrying Adia Kuzma on May 20th, Maclin simply wanted to talk it over with her and make the best decision heading into their new life.

Maclin has a message for Ravens Nation.

In my opinion, this is something the faithful Baltimore Ravens fans are very excited to see, and I am in full agreement with former Raven Torrey Smith, Jeremy will do great in Baltimore.


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Final Thoughts

Being released by a team in the NFL is undoubtedly never the easiest news to get, especially through a voicemail. That is precisely how Jeremy Maclin told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio he found out about his release — and that Kansas City had been trying to trade him for months. You see, the Chiefs must have thought that Maclin had lost a step in his level of play following a disappointing 2016 season. However, that is not the case. During an interview on Schefter’s “Know Them From Adam” podcast, Jeremy revealed the extent of the groin injury that forced him to miss four games last season.

“If I’m supposed to be just as fast with a torn groin, more power to them. I guess they just have to wait and see. I’ll still be able to get open, I’ll still be able to make big plays, that’s for sure.”

That’s right folks; he played through a torn groin. Both touchdowns Maclin scored in 2016 came before the injury. Although he did return to play the rest of the season, he was obviously not at his full potential. That was another point Jeremy reiterated to Schefter, he did not have surgery once the season ended and he is at 100% physically.

With that being said, I expect us to see more of the Jeremy Maclin performances comparable to those of 2014 and 2015. There is a fire there that drives Maclin to perform better than anyone else, and I feel there is an added desire to show Kansas City what they are missing out on by giving up on him after one season of performance due to an injury. I am indeed anxious to see you on the field, Mr. Maclin!

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