According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Maclin has decided to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, ending his time as a free agent after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this month.
Per Anderson, Maclin picked the Ravens over the Eagles — which if true is surprising, considering Pederson said just four days ago that the team did not have interest in Maclin.
“At this time, no” Pederson said on if the team had interest in Maclin. “Love the guys that we have. Always constantly looking and trying to better our roster, but at this time, very pleased with what we’re working with and what we have.”
Maclin, 29 years old, finished last season with 44 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns. He was a first-round pick by the Eagles in 2009.
The Eagles reportedly having interest in Maclin is interesting, considering all of the additions they made this offseason at the receiver position.
The team also returns Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor and Dorial Green-Beckham, their starting receivers from last season.
By reportedly almost signing Maclin, however, you have to wonder who among the group the Eagles have not been impressed with — and whose spot Maclin was going to take had he decided to sign with the Eagles.
It’s possible the Eagles might have been willing to release Smith, considering it would free $4 million in cap space. It’s also possible they were looking for insurance because the team hasn’t been impressed with Gibson, who struggled in OTAs.