As first announced by Adam Schefter on Monday, the Baltimore Ravens have signed WR Jeremy Maclin. The 29-year-old receiver has had an up and down NFL career, most recently finishing with 536 yards during an injury-ridden season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Ravens added another threat for their Franchise Quarterback, Joe Flacco, who just lost his most reliable target, Dennis Pitta. Dennis Pitta lead the team in receptions in the 2016 season, setting a Ravens regular season record. He recently dislocated his hip for the third time and remains hospitalized as he recovers from his injury. The team released the TE last week to free up roughly 1.96M in cap space.
Maclin brings another veteran talent to the Ravens receiving group. After signing Mike Wallace before the beginning of the 2016 season, it is clear GM Ozzie Newsome is hoping to bring in older guys to help bring up young talents like 2015 first round pick, Bershad Perriman. Perriman has struggled with injuries in his short career but has been noted to have made stellar plays in the team’s OTAs.
It remains to be seen where Maclin fits into this offense, but my best guess is he will be used as a possession receiver with deep threat potential. The Ravens already have deep ball potential in Flacco’s arm, and Perriman’s speed, but hope to fill the void left after Pitta’s injury.
Signing Maclin pretty much guarantees the Ravens will not pursue Eric Decker, who’s fate is still to be determined.