Should Vikings sign Jeremy Maclin?

BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 3: Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 3: Wide Receiver Jeremy Maclin /

The Vikings are looking for help at wide receiver and Bleacher Report thinks they should take a look at veteran Jeremy Maclin.

As we have discussed previously, the Vikings are looking for more depth behind their top two WR. Bleacher Report has thrown out the idea of the Vikings signing Jeremy Maclin. You might remember Maclin as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles, where he spent his first five seasons in the NFL and was a Pro Bowler in 2014.

There is still so much to learn about the new Vikings offense with John DiFilippo and Kirk Cousins, so it is hard to know how players are going to fit into a scheme that hasn’t been concocted yet. A pessimistic take on this is Maclin could be easily grouped together with Mike Wallace and Greg Jennings in the “would have been awesome five years earlier” free agent signings.

Maclin has dealt with a number injuries over the past few seasons, but has managed to play in at least 12 or more games per season his entire career. For a little perspective, Stefon Diggs has played in 13, 13 and 14 games in each of his first three seasons and there are few, if any, who would consider Diggs injury prone.

In Baltimore last season, Maclin might have had his worst year as a pro, but is that because of his age or deteriorating skills? Or was it more a product of an anemic offense? Joe Flacco had 13 interceptions to 18 touchdowns last year and the Ravens passing offense was ranked 29th in the NFL last season.

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It seems as though Maclin is a better fit for this team because of his history of playing in the slot, but if the Vikings are still looking to move Diggs and Thielen inside and outside, they might be best served by finding a more outside/vertical threat through the draft or free agency. The name recognition factor is high here, but this might not be the right fit for Minnesota.