Baltimore Ravens Reportedly Release Veteran Wideout as NFL Free Agency Gets Underway

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 3: Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 3: Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin /

The Baltimore Ravens have reportedly split ways with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin after just one season in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Ravens reportedly have released eight-year wideout Jeremy Maclin, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. As a result, Maclin joins the list of prominent wideouts on the move this offseason as he enters NFL free agency for the second straight year.

Moments after the Ravens news surfaced of his release, Maclin responded via Twitter:

Baltimore saved a total of $5 million by releasing Maclin and frees up salary cap space for the Ravens to add more pieces to strengthen their 2018 roster.

Maclin, 29, hauled in a career-low 40 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns in 12 starts last season. Furthermore, Maclin suffered a career-worst season in several other statistical categories including a 55.6 catch percentage and averaged 36.7 receiving yards per game.

The veteran wideout’s release comes shortly after the Ravens added wideouts, Ryan Grant and John Brown.

Former Washington Redskins, wide receiver Grant earned a four-year, $29 million deal with 14.5 million guaranteed from the Ravens. In addition, Grant receives a $10 million signing bonus, per Ian Rapport.

Brown inked a much shorter one-year, $5 million deal, along with incentives worth $6.5 million, per Adam Caplan of ESPN.

The flurry of Ravens free agency moves transforms their group of wide receivers with both Maclin and Mike Wallace off to find new teams in the free agent market. Not to mention, the Ravens also released running back Danny Woodhead on Tuesday.

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Entering the first official day of NFL free agency, who might the Ravens sign next? According to Evan Massey, the Ravens are among the most interested in acquiring former Green Bay Packers wideout Jordy Nelson.

However, new reports show the interest between Nelson and the Ravens aren’t quite intimate with Nelson scheduled to visit three teams, per Adam Schefter, none which include the Ravens.