Jeremy Maclin Says He Was 'Shocked' to Learn of Chiefs Release by Voicemail

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2017

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jeremy Maclin runs a drill during NFL football minicamp at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Thursday, June 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Jeremy Maclin discussed the circumstances of his release from the Kansas City Chiefs, telling Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio the team informed him of its decision through a voicemail from general manager John Dorsey.

"I was upset, I was shocked," Maclin said. "Apparently, they had been trying to trade me for two or three months. Which who knows if that’s true or not? I would just think that...a guy who is going into his ninth year would know if he’s being shopped or not. It is what it is."

Maclin didn't take need long to find a new home, signing a two-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Monday.

Maclin's release came as a surprise to many fans given the timing. However, ESPN's Adam Schefter noted cutting Maclin after June 1 meant the Chiefs saved $10 million in cap space, which was likely a large factor in his departure.

The 29-year-old also missed four games in 2016 and finished with career lows in receptions (44) and receiving yards (536).

Maclin won't have an opportunity for revenge against Kansas City in 2017 unless the Ravens and Chiefs meet in the playoffs. The two teams, however, will meet in 2018 in Arrowhead Stadium, and Maclin will likely circle the date on his calendar when the regular-season schedules are revealed.

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