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Chiefs Cut Former Mizzou WR Maclin

Dec 20, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (19) runs past Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith (51) during the fourth quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Kansas City defeated Baltimore 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas City Chiefs are parting ways with a Mizzou Football great.

The team took to social media Friday evening to say it had released wideout Jeremy Maclin. The Missouri product signed a five-year, $55 million contract with the Chiefs in 2015.

Maclin racked up 131 receptions for 1,624 yards with 10 touchdowns in his 27 games played for Kansas City.  

In a statement, General Manager John Dorsey said, “I’d like to thank Jeremy for his effort and dedication the past two seasons. I have great respect for all players, which makes decisions like these very difficult, but we felt it was in the best interest of our club moving forward to part ways at this time. We wish Jeremy the best as he continues his career.”

Chiefs coach Andy Reid also chimed in. “These decisions are never easy, especially with a player like Jeremy who I’ve grown close with on and off the football field over the years. I have a lot of respect for the way he goes about his business and how he handles himself as a professional. I wish him the best of luck moving forward.”

Maclin’s release will cost Kansas City $7 million in dead money against the salary cap.