Ravens release WR Jeremy Maclin, free up $5 million in cap space

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have released wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, freeing up an estimated $5 million in salary cap on the first day of free agency.

Baltimore signed Maclin as a free agent in June, hopeful the accomplished pass catcher would be a primary target for quarterback Joe Flacco. But Maclin missed two games with a shoulder injury, two more with knee issues, and finished with only 40 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns.

The 84 receptions he had over the past two seasons are three fewer than he had with the Chiefs in 2015.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome has placed a priority on improving the wide receiver position this offseason, but a tight salary cap hindered his pursuit of top-tier free agents Allen Robinson and Sammy Watkins.