McCoy's campaign: Maclin for Buffalo

Posted Jun 5, 2017

He was just at Jeremy Maclin's wedding two weeks ago. Now LeSean McCoy is trying to recruit his former Eagles teammate to join him in Buffalo following his release from the Chiefs last week.

They spent six seasons together as teammates with the Philadelphia Eagles. They were the prized acquisitions of the Eagles’ 2009 draft class as the club’s first and second-round picks. And in 2014 their time with the organization simultaneously came to an end. LeSean McCoy was traded to the Bills and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin was signed as a free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs where he was reunited with head coach Andy Reid.

McCoy is hoping to cultivate a reunion of his own with Maclin in Buffalo following the unanticipated release of the receiver by the Chiefs last Friday.

“I’m recruiting him,” said McCoy of Maclin. “I’m going with a pitch, ‘Maclin for Buffalo, Buffalo for Maclin, Maclin for Buffalo.’ We’ll see what happens.”

McCoy and Maclin were seen as the future linchpins for the Eagles offense after the Eagles took the receiver with the 19th overall pick and followed with the selection of McCoy with pick 53 in round two of the 2009 NFL draft.

Maclin had a pair of 10-touchdown seasons with the Eagles and flirted with 1,000-yard seasons from 2010-2013 before finally posting a career-high 1,318-yard receiving season in 2014. Entering free agency Kansas City signed him to a blockbuster six-year $55 million contract with more than $22 million guaranteed.

But the Chiefs, who were up against the cap, made Maclin a cap casualty after a persistent groin injury severely curtailed his production in 2016 when he had a career-low 44 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns. Making him a post June 1st cut, Kansas City saved $10 million on their cap.

McCoy, who was flying to Rochester for his charity softball game over the weekend, first learned of Maclin’s release from teammate Tyrod Taylor.

“Tyrod texted me when it happened because I was just landing in Rochester and he told me, ‘Hey, get on the phone with Mac,’” said McCoy.

Buffalo’s feature back said he was the first person to speak with Maclin, 29, after his release, and McCoy felt he could relate to his former teammate.

“I kind of understand because I’ve been there,” McCoy said. “Maybe not to the extreme of being released, but being traded. That’s basically telling you that, ‘Hey you’re not good enough for us.’ He was hurt, but I played with him and I know the guys in the locker room and I know he can help us out tremendously. I’ve done my recruiting already. Don’t be surprised if it happens.”

In the next breath McCoy cautioned that the NFL is a business and he knows a player of Maclin’s caliber will be in demand. The price for his services could spike quickly.

Nevertheless McCoy was encouraged by his conversation with Maclin and at least believes if the Bills reach out to Maclin he’ll give Buffalo real consideration.

“We talked about it. He would love to come,” said McCoy of Maclin. “He likes Tyrod and the offense. He knows what type of player I am and I know what type of player he is. He could really help us out. I think him and Sammy on the outside would be a nightmare. Then you put in Charles Clay… we’ll see.”