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KC Chiefs release receiver Jeremy Maclin | The Kansas City Star

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.

Chiefs taking leap of faith at receiver after releasing Jeremy Maclin | ESPN

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.

Nothing personal from Chiefs to Jeremy Maclin, commentary | The Kansas City Star

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.

Chiefs cut Jeremy Maclin two years after signing him to $55 million deal | CBSSports.com

Make no mistake about it, the Chiefs will likely miss Maclin during the season.

Jeremy Maclin released by Kansas City Chiefs after two seasons | ESPN

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.

NFL free agency: Three possible fits for newly released WR Jeremy Maclin | Sporting News

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.