Looking Ahead: Eagles Who Will Not Return in 2014

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December 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) stiff-arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Ahmad Black (43) during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. The Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

2) Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver

 

Maclin has had an interesting tenure after the Eagles made him the 19th overall selection of the 2009 NFL Draft. While he led Eagles receivers with 248 receptions over his first three seasons, he missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL injury and has had various health issues looming over him over majority of his collegiate and pro career. While supremely talented when healthy, he failed to show the return ability that made him so dangerous at Mizzou or the physicality that free-agent-to-be Riley Cooper had.

Result: Tests market, signs elsewhere.

While Eagle fans have expressed passionate interest in Maclin returning to Philly, I believe a fresh start is best for him. It’s a common feeling that the Eagles will offer a one-year, prove-it contract. It wouldn’t shock me if another team will see a young, former first round pick and take a chance on a multi-year contract with low guarantees, possibly Maclin’s own hometown St. Louis Rams. Maclin already suffered an season-ending injury in a contract year, and I don’t think he’ll put himself in that position again if it can be avoided.

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