The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a two-year deal. Maclin was recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs.
We recently discussed why we though the Baltimore Ravens should sign Jeremy Maclin, and fortunately the team has decided that they wanted him.
Last year with the Chiefs was a relatively disappointing year for the 29-year-old, as he only caught 44 balls for 536 yards and two touchdowns, it was by far the worst year of his career.
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However he was also on a team that was in the bottom half of the league in passing yards per game, and the Chiefs have never been a huge passing team.
Both Wallace and Perriman posses similar skills in that they’re speed receiver that are good at creating space, adding Maclin should free them up for deep balls while teams focus on Maclin, who is himself very good at creating space.
Schefter also notes on Twitter that just because the Ravens signed Maclin doesn’t mean they still won’t try to trade for wide receiver Eric Decker, whom the New York Jets have spoken with the team about.
Adding Decker would make the Baltimore Ravens receiving corps all of a sudden a very threatening offense and probably the strongest it’s been since coach John Harbaugh joined the team.
If the Ravens trade for Decker, it’s likely they won’t have to trade much more than a low draft pick and a bench player. Decker somewhat fits the mold of the veteran receivers the Ravens have had in the past, including Steve Smith, Anquan Boldin, and Derrick Mason. Decker is a solid possession receiver with a nose for the endzone, something the Ravens could always use.
Last season, Decker only played in three games as he was out much of the year after having shoulder surgery. However, in his last full year in the NFL, Decker caught 80 balls for 1,027 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In fact, between 2012 and 2015, Decker only had less than 1,000 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns once, in 2014 on a Jets offense that ranked 27th in passing yards.
As of now, the addition of Maclin is a big positive for the Baltimore Ravens offense, and with any luck, the team may get Decker as well.