“He knows I love him,” Reid said of Maclin. “I haven’t changed on that. He’s a phenomenal person and I wished him the best of luck. There’s not much else you can say.”
If the Chiefs’ mistakes meant no room to keep a receiver who just two years ago went over 1,000 yards, then this is like a teenager saying he can’t buy lunch at school because he blew his money on gummy worms.
The Chiefs recently fired Trip MacCracken, who headed the team’s work on contracts and the cap. But MacCracken — same as whoever replaces him — merely advises Dorsey. It’s the GM who makes the decision.
It does seem a little crazy to have him, a guy who I grew up watching and rooting for, signing me to play here in Denver. It’s a blessing for me. I’m really just thrilled about getting the opportunity to come here and to show people what I have left and help this team. No doubt the fact that it was John Elway making the decision made it even more special.
Only one of their six draft picks, first-round quarterback Patrick Mahomes II, remains unsigned. Mahomes participated in Tuesday’s practice, however, and has been present for all seven voluntary practices during organized team activities.
The Chiefs have spent much of the last two years talking up Maclin’s leadership and example as a worker and all-around player (he’s a damn good blocker) so that was either nonsense or came with an expiration date.
It’s also true that if this was strictly business then the Chiefs deserve even more criticism, because their perennially crap salary-cap situation is their own fault. John Dorsey and Andy Reid have been terrific in almost every way except cap management.
“I think everybody’s got to be ready to go," Reid said. “There’s not one go-to (receiver). I’ve never said we had a No. 1 guy. That’s just not where I’ve ever been with this thing. We try to mix it up the best way we possibly can. Two years ago you saw Jeremy with a lot of catches, and last year you saw (tight end Travis Kelce) with a lot of catches and Tyreek had a few.
“I’ve dealt with this with (Brian) Westbrook and Desean Jackson,” Reid said of Tyreek playing offense and special teams, “you can balance that out where they can do both. You just have to be aware of their workload and what’s going on. There’s nothing that says they can’t do both.”
The concert is set for Sept. 12. Tickets for the show will go on sale to the public at noon Monday, with Chiefs-specific presales beginning this Friday.