The opening kickoff of the 2017 NFL regular season is only three months away and teams are making moves on the roster preparing for their training camps that start in late July.
One of those teams is the Kansas City Chiefs. On Friday, the reigning AFC West champs surprisingly cut wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
The cut appears to be a permanent one, and not just the team’s effort to bring him back for a lower rate after he gives the market around the league a test.
General Manager of the Chiefs John Dorsey said he wanted to thank Maclin for his dedication and effort the last two seasons.
Dorsey added that he had great respect for every player, which makes the decisions the team has to make quite difficult but the team felt it was in its best interest to move forward, while parting ways at the same time.
When asked, Andy Reid the Chiefs head coach said that these types of decision are always difficult, especially when it involves a player such as Jeremy who he had grown close to both on and off the field.
Reid added that he respected how Maclin goes about what he does and how professional he is in handling himself.
The Kansas City move means the team will absorb a cap charge of $2.4 million in 2017 and $4.8 million in 2018, rather than the full $7.2 million at one time.
This move avoids a salary of $9.75 million in 2017 and a workout bonus of $250,000, clearing cap space of $10 million.
During the first season he was with the Chiefs Maclin caught passes for 1,088 yards, but in 2016 dropped to 536 receiving yards. The veteran, who is 29, becomes a free agent immediately and leaves the Chiefs after earning $24 million in two years.
Maclin is just another high-profile skilled position player that has been cut by Kansas City since the end of the regular season. The Chiefs also cut talented all round running back Jamaal Charles who has been injured for most of the past two seasons.
Some people think the Chiefs will eventually do the same thing to Alex Smith their veteran quarterback.
Last season, Kansas City won the AFC West finishing tied for first with the Oakland Raiders at 12-4 but held the head to head tiebreaker that gave them the title.