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Report: Bills In “Preliminary Talks” To Sign WR Jeremy Maclin

Update:

Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post reports that the Bills are in “preliminary talks” to sign free agent WR Jeremy Maclin.

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LeSean McCoy told reporters (per Mike Rodak) Sunday at his charity softball game that he has been recruiting free agent WR Jeremy Maclin to sign with the Bills and added: “Don’t be surprised if it happens.

According to McCoy, he has spoken with Maclin, who played with McCoy while they were with the Eagles. However, McCoy added that he doesn’t have any inside information about whether Buffalo will sign him.

Bills QB Tyrod Taylor also mentioned that he plans to approach the team’s coaching staff this week about the possibility of them signing Maclin, per Rodak. Taylor added that he would “love to have” Maclin join the Bills and intends to reach out to Maclin as soon as he gets his phone number, per Rodak.

Maclin has yet to schedule a meeting with a prospective team since he was surprising released a few days ago, but it would not be surprising to see him set up a visit in the coming days, considering that he’s the best available free agent.

Maclin, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Eagles back in 2009. He spent five years with the Eagles before signing a five-year, $55 million contract that included $22.5 million guaranteed with the Chiefs in 2015.

Maclin was set to make a base salary of $9.75 million for the 2017 season when the Chiefs released him in a move that freed up $10 million of available cap space last week.

In 2016, Maclin appeared in 12 games and caught 44 passes for 536 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 78 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.