The Buffalo Bills made a roster move at wide receiver Tuesday.
No, not that one. Yet.
Seemingly from the minute he was released by the Kansas City Chiefs last week, there has been speculation about wideout Jeremy Maclin possibly coming to Buffalo. Maclin arrived in Western New York on Tuesday and visited One Bills Drive, but so far no deal has been reached between the two sides. He is scheduled to visit the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old played in just 12 games for the Chiefs in 2016 because of groin injuries, putting up career lows for catches (44), yards (536) and touchdowns (two). Prior to that, however, he back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons with the Eagles in 2014 and Chiefs in 2015.
Maclin is close with Bills running back LeSean McCoy. They spent six years together in Philadelphia, and as recently as a couple weeks ago, McCoy was a member of Maclin's wedding party.
"I think him and Sammy would do amazing work together, but it's a business so you have to figure out how it works out," McCoy said Sunday at his charity softball game. "I know he can help us out tremendously. I've been doing my recruiting already. Don't be surprised if it happens."
Maclin also has another connection in that his wide receivers coach for six of his eight NFL seasons is David Culley, who is on the Bills’ staff as quarterbacks coach.
“From what I've seen from Jeremy Maclin, he's definitely a great player,” Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. “I know some of our coaches have spent some time with him, as well. Would love to have a guy like him on our team competing and coming out and making plays for us. Especially means a lot to our wide receiver room, putting another veteran guy with a whole bunch of talent and still potential left to reach his best. I would love to have him."
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that in addition to the Bills and Ravens, the Browns and Eagles also have some interest in Maclin.
While Maclin makes his decision, the Bills did make a different change at receiver on Tuesday, releasing second-year veteran Kolby Listenbee before he ever played a down with the team and signing Rashad Ross.
Listenbee, a 2016 sixth-round draft pick out of TCU, spent his rookie season on the non-football injury list after having surgery for a double sports hernia in March 2016. Before that procedure, he ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash, which was second fastest among receivers at the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine. Shortly after he was drafted, Listenbee confidently declared himself the NFL's fastest player "because I can go to the Olympics if I wanted to."
He won't get that chance in Buffalo because of injury. He told The Buffalo News' Nick Veronica in November that he was dealing with instability in one of his hips that resulted from a hit in college.
"I had a play at TCU where I injured it and my tailbone was hurting, it shot through my tailbone and my pelvis was shifting, getting shot up," he said. "Each game kind of like made it worse."
He underwent a surgery in December to correct the issue, but never was cleared to practice fully. Because he was injured in college, Listenbee was released with a non-football injury designation.
He tweeted his thanks to the Bills, saying “thanks for the chance, the healing and the love.”
Taking Listenbee's place is Ross, a 27-year-old who has played in 18 games over the last two seasons with Washington. He is expected to compete with Brandon Tate for the kick returner job, and owns a career-long return of 101 yards with the Redskins in 2015. On that play, Ross reached a top speed of 21.5 miles per hour, which made it the fastest play in the NFL in 2015 – part of the reason he's nicknamed, "The Rocket."
A former underrated free agent of the Tennessee Titans, he has bounced around the league as a member of the practice squad for the Chiefs, Bears and Redskins prior to joining their 53-man roster.
The Bills now have a full 90-man roster, meaning if they want to sign Maclin they will have to make another roster move.