The Kansas City Chiefs appear to be interested in free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, as was pointed out a month ago and hasn’t seemed to change since then. The team needs deep threats for Alex Smith and they need speedy receivers who can take his short passes downfield, and Maclin appears to be well equipped to do that.
He even has history with head coach Andy Reid, who drafted Maclin while still with the Philadelphia Eagles, but the team won’t overpay to get Maclin. In fact, ESPN.com blogger Adam Teicher states the team won’t entering into a bidding war for Maclin as they just can’t afford to do so.
The Chiefs won’t have a lot of room under their salary cap so I don’t see them winning any bidding wars for free agents like Maclin. But if he will be ready when the regular season begins and he would come at a salary that’s comfortable to the Chiefs, then there’s no downside. He will turn 26 in May, and he’s an accomplished receiver with experience in Andy Reid’s system.
The Chiefs will jump at Maclin if he’s at the right price, but so too will mostly all of the other teams in the NFL. Peyton Manning caused a renascence for wide receivers and the failure of Tom Brady by not having any good ones may cause teams to overpay for guys like Maclin on the market — something Kansas City won’t be doing.