Wait… isn’t he supposed to be working for NFL Network now
Written by: Joseph Czikk
It appears the Baltimore Ravens are pulling out all the stops in their bid to land wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.
The prized free agent was given his walking papers last week from the Kansas City Chiefs. Today a very special former Raven posted a picture of the pair hanging out at the Ravens practice facility in Owings Mills, Maryland.
Smith Sr. now works for NFL Network as an analyst for several shows. It does beg the question of whether Smith Sr. should be at the Ravens practice facility during a free agent visit, but, then again, Steve Smith Sr. does what Steve Smith Sr. wants to.
Maclin is coming off a relatively disappointing 2016 campaign with the Chiefs in which he caught 44 balls for 536 yards and two touchdowns while missing four games. His first year with the Chiefs was promising after he signed a lucrative five-year, $55 million contact in March of 2015. In 2016 he hauled in 87 passes for 1,088 yards and eight TDs.
It seemed imminent that Maclin would sign with the Bills just a couple days prior, but the eight-year pro reportedly couldn’t agree on a dollar amount with Buffalo. Maclin left Orchard Park without a deal.
Like the Ravens, the Bills tried their hardest to woo Maclin, a first round pick from 2009 out of Missouri. Both Lesean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor pitched in during the process, with McCoy telling fans “Don’t be surprised” if he gets signed. McCoy even posted an Instagram photo, which hinted at a done deal.
The Ravens have a decent history at signing free agents. They nabbed Smith Sr. after Carolina cut him after 13 years in 2014. Two years later Baltimore signed former archrival and Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Wallace the same day as his visit, ruining New England’s chances at signing him.
Now the Ravens are trying to close the deal. But according to the Baltimore Sun, it won’t be without its challenges. The Ravens don't have much salary cap space and Maclin has several other suitors.
Source: Steve Smith · Photo Credit: Keystone Press