Jeremy Maclin will continue to don the Philadelphia Eagles jersey, at least for the near future. Per Geoff Mosher, the two sides reportedly agreed on a one-year deal that will pay the 25-year old wide receiver $5.5 millions, with $3.5 millions being guaranteed money.
Can confirm on Maclin 1-year deal: 5.5M, can be pushed to $6M, 3.5 guaranteed.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) February 28, 2014
Jeremy Maclin didn’t play for the Eagles in 2013. He spent the entire season on the injured reserve list, after suffering a torn ACL in the training camp. Riley Cooper took his place in the starting line-up and seized the opportunity, finishing the season with 800+ yards and 8 touchdowns.
Both Maclin and Cooper were impending free agents. The Eagles decided to bring back both.
After re-signing Cooper, the Birds were determined to not let Maclin hit free agency. They were looking for a contract that would tie Maclin to the team for more than one season, while the receiver was pushing for a one-year deal. In the end, Philadelphia had to comply with Maclin’s demands.
Both teams can benefit from this type of contract. Maclin gets his chance to show what he can do in Chip Kelly’s offense, with Nick Foles instead of Michael Vick at quarterback. If he succeeds, he will demand a bigger contract next season. For the Eagles, this one-year deal offers an easy way to dump Maclin if he struggles to remain healthy or he doesn’t perform at the desired level.
With Maclin and Cooper coming back and Jason Kelce and Jason Peters receiving extensions, the Eagles have solidified the status of their offense. Most if not all the pieces are in place and the focus now shifts to defense.