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Maclin signs with Chiefs, reunited with Reid

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Head coach Andy Reid with Jeremy Maclin when they played together on the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

Head coach Andy Reid with Jeremy Maclin when they played together on the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011. (REUTERS/Tim Shaffer)

The Kansas City Chiefs signed Jeremy Maclin on Wednesday, bringing the wide receiver back to his home state of Missouri and reuniting him with coach Andy Reid.

Maclin's deal has been reported as worth $55 million over five years, with $22.5 million guaranteed.

Maclin, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles, will again play under Reid, the Chiefs coach who was formerly the Eagles' boss.

"This is an awesome opportunity," Maclin said. "I'm reunited with coach Reid and some of the guys that were on staff in Philadelphia, which is something I never dreamed that could have happened. The fact that I'm in the situation is pretty awesome."

Reid's take on the reunion: "We just filled his pockets up a little bit more and put him on the plane and got him here. It's a great thing, phenomenal player. I think you guys will find this out: As good of a player as he is, he is even a better person than that."

Maclin, 26, was a Pro Bowler for the first time last season in Chip Kelly's offense in Philadelphia. Returning from a torn ACL suffered in 2013, he posted career-high numbers in 2014, catching 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Chiefs did not have a touchdown catch by a receiver in 2014.

"Last year was a little bit of a freaky thing in this offense to not have any touchdowns by a wide receiver, but it's what happened," Reid said. "I don't think that will happen again. I think we will be OK there."

A 2009 first-round draft pick, Maclin caught 343 passes for 4,771 yards and 36 touchdowns in five seasons with the Eagles.

The Chiefs needed to clear salary cap space to add Maclin and were expected to release wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who is scheduled to be paid $10.75 million and count $14 million in 2015.


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