Maclin nearly signed with the Bills last offseason before opting to sign with the Ravens. Starting and playing in just 12 games, Maclin recorded 40 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns. While these aren’t eye popping numbers, Maclin still has some tread on the tires.
The number of positives in bringing in Maclin to the Bills outweighs the negatives. First of all is production. Maclin has posted two double-digit touchdown seasons as well as two 1,000-plus-yard receiving seasons. His worst season in his first six years of being in the league came in his rookie season where he had 56 catches for 773 yards and four touchdowns. Even that now would be a major boost to the Bills.
Second, Maclin would be cheap. He hasn’t signed on with a team yet this season and if he is eager to get back to playing football, he would be a cheap option on a one-year deal to immediately help the Bills.
Third, he is a ‘McDermott guy.’ Maclin played in Philadelphia and then in Kansas City under Andy Reid. McDermott coached in Philly and learned under Reid and it seems as if Reid approves of someone, McDermott probably would as well. He has also never had any off-field issues.
A cheap, experienced and veteran presence that could step into a slot role and be a check-down guy for Josh Allen would be a great add to the team. Maclin could easily be that guy.