Buffalo Bills in preliminary talks to sign free agent WR Jeremy Maclin

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) is pursued by Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) during the second half of their NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Reed Hoffmann)
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on June 04, 2017 at 5:20 PM, updated June 04, 2017 at 5:24 PM
LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor have already let it be known that they’re interested in recruiting wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. It appears the Buffalo Bills’ coaching staff and front office may be just as interested in adding the wide receiver.

Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post reported on Sunday afternoon that the Bills are in preliminary talks to sign Maclin.

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Buffalo’s interest in Maclin should come as no surprise. Wide receiver is one of the Bills’ weakest positions in terms of talent and depth.

Maclin is coming off of a down-year due to injuries, but he’s accounted for 216 receptions, 2,942 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in the last three seasons. The wide receiver would see plenty of playing time on the field alongside Sammy Watkins and rookie Zay Jones if he were to sign with the Bills.

Maclin’s interest in joining the Bills could come down to familiarity with the coaching staff and playing with LeSean McCoy, one of his closest friends. Buffalo’s quarterbacks coach David Culley has served as Maclin’s wide receivers coach in Philadelphia and Kansas City. In addition to Culley, Sean McDermott, Juan Castillo and Chad Hall are also familiar with Maclin from his stint with the Eagles.

Instead, the Buffalo Bills’ running back will be inside Frontier Field in Rochester, hosting a charity softball game that raises money for the the LeSean McCoy Foundation, which provides “education and resource programs to disadvantaged youth.” Process will also raise awareness and provide support for individuals battling ALS, a cause close to McCoy’s heart after the death of his grandmother, Maryann Branch, because of it.

McCoy is spending more time in Western New York these days, and that’s no accident. A little more than two years ago when he arrived with the Bills via a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles, his No. 1 priority was finding a way out of Buffalo at the first possible chance.

But now, like so many professional athletes before him have learned – and anyone who’s lived here all their life can attest – Buffalo has a way of winning over even the most hardened skeptics.


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