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What Re-Signing WR Jeremy Maclin Means to Eagles

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Dec 9, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) reacts after catching the wining touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Eagles won 23-21. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On the Friday before the Super Bowl, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin alerted the Twitter world to “stay tuned” to some potentially big news. Rumors emerged just hours later that Maclin and the Eagles were close to coming to a two year agreement. However, Philadelphia Daily News staff writer Les Bowen along with other credible sources have refuted that early rumor.   Unfortunately in this day of instantaneous data flying from numerous unconfirmed sources, it’s difficult to apply credibility to any report.  Regardless of the substance of these rumors, or lack thereof, it’s not a stretch of the imagination for Eagles head coach Chip Kelly’s offense to be even more dynamic with Maclin in the fold.

To say that Jeremy Maclin has had some tumultuous off-seasons as an NFL wide receiver is a grand understatement.  In 2011, Maclin experienced rapid weight loss and rumors ranging from AIDS to lymphoma circulated the internet before discovering an inflammatory virus was the cause of his enlarged lymph nodes.  In 2012, Maclin dealt with a hamstring injury that forced him to miss the first preseason game.  This past off-season, Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee, an injury he also suffered as a member of the Missouri Tigers.  All of this misfortune has come while Jeremy Maclin has been on his rookie contract.  Now, as a pending free agent, Maclin must not only prove that he can remain healthy, but he’s also likely to have to sign a prove-it contract with multiple performance escalators.

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