JOBLESS EX-EAGLES: SEE WHERE MACLIN AND MURRAY MAY LAND!

So says ESPN:

Jeremy Maclin, wide receiver

The former Eagles standout likely hoped to parlay his one-year deal with the Ravens into a new contract, but Maclin continued to decline during his lone season in Baltimore. The 30-year-old saw his receptions, receiving yards and yards per catch fall for the fourth consecutive season. Over the past two years, among 94 qualifying wideouts, Maclin ranks 71st in catch rate and 89th in average yards after catch, which is a bad combination for a player who averaged just 11.6 yards per reception over that time frame.

At this point, Maclin is realistically best as a slot receiver who can use his experience to create space and throwing lanes. He could fit in Oakland, where the Raiders have spent the offseason stockpiling veterans and could use an upgrade on Seth Roberts, whose 7.7 percent drop rate over the past two seasons is tops among wideouts. Maclin also has plenty of experience playing underneath Gruden chum Andy Reid in the West Coast offense, so he should be a quick study in Gruden’s scheme.

New home: Oakland Raiders

DeMarco Murray, running back

After a return to form in 2016, Murray fell off a cliff in Mike Mularkey’s exotic smashmouth scheme last season. The Oklahoma product was dramatically outplayed by Derrick Henry and became a bit of a cause celebre for Titans fans, who weren’t particularly upset when Tennessee cut Murray during the offseason and replaced him with Dion Lewis.

Murray probably shouldn’t be a team’s primary back, but he still offers enough as a pass-protector and occasional receiver to justify a roster spot as a team’s RB2. He famously prefers to get the ball from a quarterback under center, so ideally, we would be able to find him a team that operates from center in need of a reserve halfback.

I’m trying to limit teams to one addition here, but I’ll make an exception and throw out the Rams as a natural home for Murray. Los Angeles ran the ball 388 times from under center last season, which ranked second in the league behind the Saints. Todd Gurley is obviously going to get the bulk of those carries, but if Gurley gets hurt, Los Angeles’ primary backup is Malcolm Brown, who has averaged 3.6 yards per carry without showing much as a receiver at this level. Murray might not be needed for more than 60 carries if Gurley stays healthy, but he would be a much-needed insurance policy for a back with a history of knee issues.

New home: Los Angeles Rams:

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23668225/best-fits-unsigned-2018-nfl-free-agents-landing-spots-dez-bryant-more

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