At this point, with teams going hard in training camp, general managers and head coaches don’t think ahead to next year’s NFL offseason. Their biggest concern is preparing their team for the upcoming season.
But with a few players already suffering severe injuries across the league, 2014 could be on the minds of some players. Among those injured was Jeremy Maclin, who is expected to miss the entire season. For Maclin, his future plans have probably crossed his mind a couple of times after he tore his ACL. The 2013 season is the final year of Maclin’s five-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.
It would be ideal for Maclin to return to Philadelphia. However, if the Eagles decide to set him free, Maclin must explore some options around the league. How likely is it for Maclin to reunite with Andy Reid in Kansas City?
The former Missouri Tiger was taken in the first round with the 19th pick in the 2009 NFL draft and eventually got his first career start that same year against the Chiefs in Week 3.
Prior to suffering a knee injury, Maclin missed just five games in four seasons with Philadelphia. While starting beside DeSean Jackson, Maclin collected over 50 catches and gathered more than 750 yards in each of his four years with the Eagles.
In 2010, Maclin had single-season career highs in receptions, yards and touchdowns. His 70 catches for 964 yards put him second on the team in both categories, while he led the Eagles in touchdowns with 10.
Along with being a free agent and having a connection to Reid, another deciding factor would be Jon Baldwin’s performance. Baldwin has been a major disappointment in his two years with the team and likely has one more year to redeem himself in Kansas City. If Baldwin’s struggles carry on under Reid, then it gives the franchise another reason to contemplate targeting Maclin and making him the new No. 2 wide receiver behind Dwayne Bowe.
Adding Maclin to the Chiefs would give Kansas City a speed boost with Jamaal Charles, Dexter McCluster and Knile Davis on the roster—provided that they are all with the team next season. Maclin would not just be another target for Alex Smith, but also a key player who can use his size and speed to his advantage and benefit the offense, and maybe on special teams if the Chiefs were to be low on returners.
It may be early to even ponder the idea at this point, as Reid’s primary focus is preparing his new team for the season.
But it’s surely an option to consider later on, and one that Missouri Tigers fans would love.