Maclin’s release, since it came after June 1, clears $10 million in cap room for the Chiefs, who had approximately $3.5 million prior to his release, according to the NFL Players Association. Mike Garafalo of NFL Network reported the Chiefs dangled Maclin’s name in trade talks before the move, but never asked him to take a pay cut.
Robinson, a fourth-round pick last year, played mainly on special teams as a rookie. But he has been getting a lot of work in offseason practice, a sign the Chiefs believe he might be ready for significant playing time. Wilson has started 19 games for the Chiefs in his three NFL seasons, but at 5-foot-9, he might be best suited as a spare receiver.
Moreover, according to The Star’s Terez Paylor, “salary cap expert Joel Corry says the Chiefs’ top three 2017 draft picks — quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon and running back Kareem Hunt — should take up approximately $4.4 million in 2017 cap space.” All three remain unsigned.
Make no mistake about it, the Chiefs will likely miss Maclin during the season.
Maclin, 29, signed a five-year, $55 million contract with Kansas City in 2015. With his release, the Chiefs now have just $7.7 million allocated to 11 wide receivers.
Saints — Maclin would truly be a luxury for Sean Payton's explosive offense, but a second glance at New Orleans' depth chart shows this team is dangerously thin at wide receiver.
The Saints signed Ted Ginn Jr. to offset the loss of Brandin Cooks, and Michael Thomas proved he's a bona fide No. 1 receiver as a rookie last year, but Willie Snead and unproven Brandon Coleman are the other likely receivers to get playing time this season.