Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill Should Become No.1 Wideout
By Carlos Sanchez
Special to Pro Football Guru
On Friday, the Kansas City Chiefs cut ties with veteran wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. With that move, second-year pro Tyreek Hill has a clear path to become the Chiefs No.1 receiving option. There is no other receiver on the roster that could replace Maclin's production over the last two years.
Last season, Hill caught 61 passes for 593 yards and carried the ball 24 times for 267 yards and three touchdowns. Similarly, he brought another dimension to the special teams unit where he was an electrifying return man on his way to three return touchdowns.
Finances probably played a part in Maclin's release as he was supposed to make $9.6 million in base salary and the team will automatically save $10 million in cap space and have a cap hit of $7.2 which will be distributed over two years according to Over the Cap.
Had he been an essential player in Andy Reid's offense in 2017, Maclin wouldn't have been cut. After all, talent doesn't come cheap. Likewise, the Chiefs must have felt quite confident about Hill being able to pick up where he left off last season while still being in the second year of his rookie contract.
Maclin was good. But Hill has the physical tools and the potential to be even better. Although the young pro's production on special teams will likely decrease as his touches on offense increase, the Chief may be better off with a more explosive and cheaper option.
All told, this is might be one of those cases of addition by subtraction. And nobody will benefit more than Tyreek Hill. It is now up to him to make the most out of the opportunity in his second year with the Kansas City Chiefs.