After the Kansas City Chiefs released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin over the weekend (post June 1 roster casualty), CBS Sports’ Sean Wagner-McGough believes the Browns are at the top of the list to land the veteran wideout:
The Browns aren’t as bad as you think they are. Their strategy of stockpiling draft picks, retooling their offensive line, and not overspending on costly free agents is working, even if they’re stillMaclin would speed up the rebuilding process. He’d be the team’s best receiver, would be a great mentor for Corey Coleman, and would alleviate the conditions for whichever young developing quarterback (Cody Kessler or DeShone Kizer) wins the starting job.
There’s also this: The Browns have more than $60 million in cap space.
He is a wide receiver that is known for his speed and ability to beat opposing cornerbacks and catch the long ball. Dealing with a nagging groin injury in 2016, he totaled just 44 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns. In each of the two seasons prior, he surpassed the 1,000-yard and 85-catch mark. Since his rookie season in 2009, Maclin has caught at least 63 passes and eclipsed the 850-yard mark along with scoring at least five touchdowns per season, other than his injury-plagued year in 2016.
The 6-foot, 200-pound receiver would bring plenty of experience to the Browns. Maclin has started in 100 of his 102 total games so in his career. Still only 29 years old, the wide out would help the wide receivers in almost all areas. If healthy, he could lineup opposite of Kenny Britt and make Corey Coleman the third receiver with rookie tight end David Njoku roaming the field too. Maclin would also provide the Browns offense insurance in case Coleman’s nagging hamstrings continue to bother him. Not too bad, eh?
The Browns were 1-15 in 2016, but the culture around the locker room appears to be changing under head coach Hue Jackson. It may seem like the Cleveland Browns have been rebuilding every year, but the Dawg Pound and the team’s front office seem to have hope that the Browns are on the way up, while adding plenty of talent both in free agency and in the draft. The Browns may be one of the worst team’s in the league once again, but they should be far more competitive. Maclin could want to be part of the hero’s guild that returns competitive football to Cleveland.