The Baltimore Ravens announced Monday that they have signed veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a two-year deal. Maclin was released by the Kansas City Chiefs following his worst statistical season with; 44 catches, 536 yards and two touchdowns. Maclin was entering the third year of a five-year, $55 million deal.
See you back in Baltimore soon @jmac___19.
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) June 12, 2017
The Ravens are a team desperate for pass catchers. With the losses of Steve Smith and Dennis Pitta, Joe Flacco was in need of a sure handed option. Maclin is a proven talent in the NFL, who dealt with injuries last season, holding him out of 4 games.
The combination of injury and offensive scheme hurt Maclin’s production. The Chiefs offense would never be described as aerial attack. The main source of their passing game is screens and short throws, hence the emergence of Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. With Maclin’s cost outweighing his production, he was shown the door.
Maclin will become the top target for Flacco immediately, which obviously is a big upgrade to his fantasy value. Steve Smith was very productive in the Ravens offense even as his career was winding down.
Mike Wallace should see an increase in production contrary to what would you think. Wallace will be able to continue to work as a deep threat and defenses will have to keep eyes on Maclin.
Breshad Perriman, an offseason sleeper, will take a hit in his fantasy football value. With Maclin in Baltimore he becomes the third receiver and won’t have nearly as many targets.
ESPN‘s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Ravens are still in the Eric Decker sweepstakes despite signing Maclin. The potential signing of Decker would hurt Maclin’s value but would be a huge upgrade for the Ravens, as well.