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12 Jun 2017

Ravens Sign Jeremy Maclin

Jeremy Maclin signed with Baltimore today, a team which badly needed a No. 1 receiver. That seems like a good reason to link to this film piece by our old pal Doug Farrar arguing that Maclin's still got it despite his depressed numbers from 2016. The Ravens hope he'll be healthy and recovered from last year's groin injury. He may seem like he's been around forever, but he's still only 29.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 12 Jun 2017

8 comments, Last at 21 Jun 2017, 9:51am by JimZipCode

Comments

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by Lebo :: Tue, 06/13/2017 - 6:18am

Anyone know the contract details (other than its length)?

I'm wondering how it compares to Julian Edelman's contract extension with the Patriots (which felt like a very good deal for New England).

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by JimZipCode :: Tue, 06/13/2017 - 4:55pm

Ravens discussion forum is kicking around 2 years, $11M. Six mil in year one, some unknown combination of salary and bonus.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Wed, 06/14/2017 - 2:30am

http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/baltimore-ravens/jeremy-maclin-5914/

says 2yrs, $11m total, $6m guaranteed, no signing bonus

Plus KC have $7.2m in dead cap over those two years

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by Jim C. :: Wed, 06/14/2017 - 8:17am
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by Lebo :: Fri, 06/16/2017 - 9:32am

Huh, so a pretty similar contract, with some slight differences in structuring. Seems about right to me. Surprising, though, that receivers of this quality are so much cheaper than studs like Julio Jones. I think I'd rather Edelman + Maclin rather than Jones.

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by Bright Blue Shorts :: Fri, 06/16/2017 - 4:21pm

That is the dilemma of roster construction/coaching.

Edelman/Maclin can do well if the offensive scheme allows them to get open or if they beat their man. It's unlikely either demands double coverage.

Jones demands double-coverage and even then can still make a catch. That opens up opportunities for other receivers/backs to make a play.

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by dryheat :: Tue, 06/20/2017 - 7:48am

I'd much rather have Edelman and Maclin than Julio Jones.

However, I'd rather have Julio Jones and another WR, picking a name at random, let's say Mohamed Sanu, than Edelman and Maclin.

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by JimZipCode :: Wed, 06/21/2017 - 9:51am

However, I'd rather have Julio Jones and another WR, picking a name at random, let's say Mohamed Sanu, than Edelman and Maclin.

I'm not sure the cap dollars work out precisely: but I think the comparison we're trying to make is between Edelman & Maclin on the one hand, and on the other hand Julio Jones and a replacement-level receiver. Whatever a "replacement level" receiver is.

My intuition is that it partly depends on the QB. If I have Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, then I'd rather have Edelman & Maclin. My QB can find and use two quality receivers, and generate first-down after first-down, eat the defense's lunch all the way down the field. If instead I have – I dunno, Joe Flacco? – then I'd rather have Julio Jones and just-a-guy. I'm not going to be as efficient on a per-drive basis. But my QB and dominant receiver will hook up for two or three big plays a game, and we'll score. The feast-or-famine offense.