Philadelphia Eagles Save Room (For Maclin) JUST Sanchez


Dec 20, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver

Jeremy Maclin

(18) catches the ball as Washington Redskins cornerback

Bashaud Breeland

(26) defends in the fourth quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Eagles Save Room For Maclin And JUST Sanchez

The Lord Giveth, and Chris Mortenson is there to take it all away….

So it goes… the team has lost the one the fans wanted most…

In the midst of rumors, news, breaking updates and nervous breakdowns, Philadelphia fans waited impatiently on the edge of their seats for any news about their beloved wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and surprisingly popular 2014 backup turned starter quarterback Mark Sanchez.  News broke about cornerback Byron Maxwell, and no word.   News broke about running back Frank Gore and no word.  And it seemed that the sun was setting on the hopes of the Philadelphia Eagles fans to resign Maclin.   Unfortunately, the Maclin rumors were false.

The news we had waited for. Eagles fans were quick to react.

And when terms of Sanchez deal came out?

The fans have been holding their breath about Jeremy Maclin for years.  In 2011, Maclin was forced to leave training camp.   In 2013, Maclin was forced out for the season.  In 2014, Jeremy Maclin played a huge gamble and took a one-year “prove-I-still-can” contract.  The results of 2014 were impressive:  He had 85 receptions for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns.  He generated 56 first downs.  All statistics were career highs.  Remarkably, the numbers look even more impressive when you frame them in a season where he played 8 games with Nick Foles as the starting quarterback and 8 games with Mark Sanchez as the starter.

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With 2015, his numbers could go up even higher.  The team is pursuing free agents aggressively, which is expected.  Earlier in the day, the team reached agreement with a cornerback and a running back.  With the return of Maclin and of Sanchez, the pressure begins to ease slightly on the offensive side of the ball.   Despite the departure of long time offensive guard Todd Herremans, the team can theoretically absorb the loss by promoting players who were forced into the starting role in 2014.    The Eagles will like either pursue an additional free agent, or begin training camp with competition for the offensive guard between Matt Tobin, Dennis Kelly, or perhaps even Andrew Gardner.

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  • Meanwhile, the Eagles continue to pursue free agents.   They have been reported to be front runners in the bid for safety Devin McCourty formerly of the New England Patriots.   McCourty is the top free agent safety this year, and as such is commanding a high price.   Fortunately, his style slides nicely into the Eagles defensive scheme.   Also in pursuit of McCourty are the rival NY Giants, who seem to have soured on the “free agency volume” method of a year ago, and are now trying to park their free agent dollars behind only a few players who could upgrade them at the position.  Additionally, New England is not entirely out of the discussions – despite NOT using the franchise tag.   The Pats may be depending on McCourty to offer  a home team discount in order for New England to retain his services in the face of higher bids.

    The Eagles were reported to have been in the mix for cornerback Kareem Jackson before he resign with the Houston Texans, as well as the hunt for offensive lineman Orlando Franklin before the San Diego Chargers pulled ahead with a deal framework which seems to be in agreement with his agent.

    Should the Eagles fail to sign McCourty, former Denver Bronco safety Rahim Moore would be the obvious next candidate.   His services would come less expensively than McCourty, he is familiar with Eagles defensive back coach Cory Undlin, and he is a young player with improving skills.

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