The Chiefs came straight outta left field this morning with the announcement that they were releasing Jeremy Maclin. Maclin was a big time acquisition when they acquired him via free agency for the 2015 season. The Chiefs had high hopes for him to join this offense and be a force to be reckon with, unfortunately it never quite materialized. The Chiefs brought in Maclin to give Alex Smith a real weapon to open up the passing game. Problem being that Alex Smith can't throw the ball down field, so ultimately it didn't matter if he had weapons or not. Now, the Chiefs have a stud in Tyreke Hill and they get to pay him a lot less money leaving them with the luxury of being able to cut Maclin..
At the end of the day this was a business decision like most decisions made in the NFL. The Chiefs save a bunch of money off the cap by releasing him, although they do lose a good weapon in the process. Free agency is basically over so I don't see why they'd bother releasing him now since their roster should be basically filled out by now. All I know is the Chiefs did this solely for financial purposes.
There's a ton of speculation that Maclin will wind up with the Baltimore Ravens. Apparently, he has ties to the offensive coordinator there, but they certainly could use the help so I don't see why it wouldn't be a good fit. Maclin can work out of the slot or on the outside and with Flacco throwing him the ball I'm sure he'll be able to put up big numbers like he did in Philly. Ultimately, Maclin did what he was brought into do in year one, unfortunately he couldn't match that same production for the Chiefs in year 2, and that's why they saw him as expendable.