Think about the last time you got some bad news. And I mean real bad, not some “my mom says I can’t play with you anymore”
Usually, you have a face-to-face meeting. Other times it’s a phone call. Maybe it’s a text that says “Hey call me later, important”
But a voicemail? That is next-level savagery. Hell, a fax is better.
Former Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin learned that his services were no longer required by Kansas City via voicemail. John Dorsey was the bearer of bad news here.
“Through a voicemail,” Maclin said. “[From General Manager] John Dorsey. I was upset, I was shocked. Apparently, they had been trying to trade me for two or three months. Which who knows if that’s true or not? I would just think that … a guy who is going into his ninth year would know if he’s being shopped or not. It is what it is. I still have respect for Big Red (Andy Reid), still have respect for the organization. I’m not going to bad mouth anybody or talk any dirt on anybody. It was an unfortunate situation. They felt like they didn’t want me as a player anymore, so it is what it is. I’m happy with where I am right now, and I think that might be the last time I talk about what I call my former life. So I don’t think I want to talk about that anymore.”
Ouch. Andy Reid and Maclin have an extensive history together, so you would think this would not be high on the list of preferred methods.
Maybe they tried to reach out to Maclin before, but at this point, it’s not even he-said, she-said, because first of all they’re both men involved, and second of all only Maclin is talking.
From a numbers standpoint, it makes sense why the Chiefs would move on from him. Per Spotrac, cutting Maclin would save the team about $10 million in cap space. For a team like Kansas City that is itching for flexibility, this is a no-brainer.
And going by what Maclin also had to say, it might not even be about the dollars and cents anyway. Talking to Pro Football Talk, the Chiefs never even asked him to take a pay cut.
Sounds like a three and out to me.