Just two years after signing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a big free agent contract, the Kansas City Chiefs have made him a cap casualty. Kansas City confirmed on its Twitter page that it released the 29-year-old receiver on Friday.
By designating him a post-June 1 cut, the Chiefs save $10 million in cap space, according to Over The Cap. They also take on $2.4 million in dead money, but that figure would’ve been $7 million had the Chiefs released Maclin before June 1.
But maybe there’s something missing there.
On this week’s Onside Kick Family Hour podcast, retired NFL defensive end Stephen White and I spent some time talking about that piece. Stephen made a good point about the dynamics of an NFL locker room. Tension among the defensive players and offensive players isn’t that unusual. Likewise, it’s not unusual for starting quarterbacks to be treated a little differently than the other players on the team.
I’m not going to recap our entire discussion because you really need to hear Stephen talking about it, especially the part about a similar situation from his playing days.
A defense can pitch a shutdown performance, but if the quarterback and the offense fail to put enough points on the board, it’s all for naught. You can imagine why that might leave players Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys on the defensive side of the ball a little upset with the guys on the other side of the locker room. In fact, you could kinda pick that up in the responses from Seahawks players like Michael Bennett and Sherman himself.
None of this is meant to gloss over the chance we had to peer into Seattle’s locker room. It was fascinating. And there might truly be a level of underlying tension that goes beyond what most teams experience. Pete Carroll has a reputation for bringing in teammates who march to the beat of their own drum and keeping the low simmer from becoming a full boil. (I mean, they won a damn Super Bowl with Percy Harvin in the locker room.)