Maclin, Cooper Set To Hit the Market

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Jeremy Maclin
‘s rehab is coming along well, he says. He is running now. The next step is being able to move side-to-side. He believes he’ll be able to participate in OTAs this spring. The question is: for what team?

Maclin is set to become a free agent. He has had preliminary discussions with the Eagles about his situation, but it’s no guarantee that he is back.

The 25-year-old was in line for a pretty nice pay day before tearing the ACL in his right knee during practice back in June. He planned on boosting his value by putting up big numbers in 2013 under Chip Kelly. Instead he has to build his value back up, and conceded that he might have to take a one-year prove-it deal depending on how the market shapes up.


"I'm a realist so I understand that's a possibility," he said. "Me and my agent, me and my team will kind of get together and talk about what's best for me and what's best for the whole situation and just go from there."

Maclin was asked if he would consider giving the Eagles a home-team discount.

"Money isn't everything," he said. "I just have to see what's best for me, look at the numbers, look at the personnel and I think we'll make our decision based on that."

The five-year vet said it was difficult watching from the sidelines, and he did think about what could have been for him in this system had the injury not occurred. But he also enjoyed seeing his teammates have success.

His injury opened the door for Riley Cooper, who finished with 47 catches for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. Cooper is also poised to become a free agent. He has stated on multiple occasions that he wants to remain in Philadelphia.

"You definitely [have to do what is best for you financially] but that's where I'm hoping the Eagles come into play and I'm here," said Cooper. "But it's a first for me. I've never been in free agency so I don't even know what to expect, what it's like.

"This could be the last time [I'm standing in this locker room], but that's the nature of the business."

Cooper's situation is unique given the incident this offseason. It's hard to know just how in-demand he will be, or whether he'll be accepted in another locker room. Asked what kind of market he anticipates, Cooper simply responded: "I have no idea."

 

  • Mugzy Payton

    Incentive laden deal if he hits certain production levels

  • macadood

    i’d sign him (maclin) to a one year deal sure.

    • OldDocRoss

      Assuming they’re not looking for crazy money I’d take both. Our depth at WR is a bit cruddy.

      On a sidenote, I forgot how young Maclin was.

      • macadood

        yea he’s got good upside assuming he can come back from the injury to 100%. At the same time I think the eagles need a true number 1 receiver badly though, I’m not sure Maclin makes the cut, someone dominant like a brandon marshall, CJ, Julio Jones…etc. heck we should make a move for roddy white or JJ. Matt Ryan’s not doing anything useful with them anyways these days

        • aub32

          Wish I could dislike this more than once.

        • GEAGLE

          Roddy is old, and you are nuts if you think Atlanta is trading away julio

          • cliff henny

            for graham, straight-up…they need 4-3 d-end, right?

          • nicksaenz1

            Turns into 8.2mil for Roddy. His base of 5 plus 3.2 of Graham’s dead money. Combine that with Desean’s money, Coop and/or Maclin’s plus the rest of the guys, which may include a 1st round rookie, suddenly you got 20% of the cap into the wide receiver position.

          • cliff henny

            haha, yeah, as tight as i am with the cap and with howie…actually have no problem with this. go 5 wide jax roddy coop maclin and landry.

          • nicksaenz1

            While that’s nice, I can’t advocate this haha. That 5 wide with Ertz instead of Roddy has a difference of about 7 mil and drops off very little while we keep depth with Graham.

          • cliff henny

            there’s no time for logic here, we’re fantasy gm’g. forgot, d-jax took 3yrs 10m just because he read this tred. and clowney dropped to 22.

          • nicksaenz1

            Well, in that case, no Clowney, we traded back into the second and Khalil Mack fell and we got Benjamin, then Joyner in the third.

          • cliff henny

            howie/chip…your job is done for you! now, pump folesy full of shakes and let hals navy seal beat a couple mphs onto his fastball and we’re good to go

          • nicksaenz1

            Boom! Although, we did forget adding Byrd/Ward

          • cliff henny

            why decide…both!

          • nicksaenz1

            Give a 7th round pick for Sherman? I mean, we can do this all day!

          • theycallmerob

            hahahaha, stop, please

          • cliff henny

            went thru in madden, no?

          • theycallmerob

            plus i got a 3rd rounder.
            you’re killing me

          • cliff henny

            great! i’m drafting another reciever, give me martavious bryant out of clemson…love that lanky b@st@rd!

          • GEAGLE

            I would rather trade Graham for Jonathon babineaux…the REAL BABZ is a playmaker..only 300lbs so he ain’t the fat bastard we covet, but he is a playmaker that I would like to have in our rotation come playoff time…even when his sack numbers are down, he still lives in backfields and chases players into his team mAtes arms…FYI, babineaux is a free agent so a trade wouldn’t work lol

          • cliff henny

            nope, new kelly rule, he can trade for free agents.

          • GEAGLE

            Graham for Julio Jones? Lol I wish!!!

            Graham for old ass Rody, nah…his body is breaking down on him…Graham has been making plays I never thought he would be capable of like open field tackles on skill players! and good stops in coverage. I’m open to moving Graham, but I don’t want to just dump him…would rather see what he can do with another summer of OLB training…probably doesn’t have much value right now anyway

  • Andy

    Honestly Maclin’s best move is to re-sign for a year and prove what he can do in this offense. I don’t see another team paying up for him, though maybe the Redskins would.

    I’m predicting Cooper comes back just because a lot of other organizations are going to consider him toxic. Of the two, Cooper’s physicality probably makes him the better option of the two. He did a lot of blocking this year.

    • Adam

      Don’t forget KC. If anyone knows Maclin’s worth its Andy.

      • Adam

        And Cleveland.

        • aub32

          I think we could name several teams looking for a good proven #2 at discount prices. HOU, DET, NYG (back with MM). I think the Eagles are going to have to cut at least a decent check to retain Maclin.

          • Adam

            I’m just pointing out teams with connections to Maclin. Andy in KC and Banner in Cleveland.

      • nicksaenz1

        He’d look real good with D-Bowe, McCluster, Avery, and obv Charles.

      • DirtyWaters

        He’s from Missouri also. I think he ends up there.

    • cliff henny

      Mac knows he’s better than Cooper too. he must have looked at the box scores after every game and thought ‘what if’. agree with adam that cleve and kc are good landing spots, or will at least bump asking price out of spite (banner), but Mac will put up stupid numbers if he plays 16 games next year.

      • GEAGLE

        Cooper had the best year a number two WR has ever had in philly..

        I!don’t count Desean and Maclin because they were 1a and 1B….but compared to Reggie brown, Kevin Curtis, Todd pinkston Coopers year blows them away and we should consider ourselves fortunate that we didn’t have FOles playing all season or coops numbers would be crazy and we really couldn’t afford him..

        10TDs
        800 yards
        3rd in the NFL in yards per catch

        • anon

          B/C of Cooper or CK?

          • GEAGLE

            Who the hell cares? Is chip going somewhere that I don’t know of? In THIS offense, with THIS QB, he WORKS!!! I don’t give a damn about these “what came first, the chicken or the egg questions”…they only apply when choosing between the chicken and the Egg….we get to keep the chicken and the EGG, so why would it matter? That question matters to OTHER franchises that don’t run chips offense who are trying to decide if they want to sign Coop or Not

            I want to draft WRs, but I damn sure don’t want to count on them too soon…I want to work rookies in slowly like we did with Ertz

          • cliff henny

            no more tri-menster kids. boy if that isnt the biggest bs rule. good thing the 2 guys i want goto lsu and fsu, graduation isnt big deal at those schools, those boys know why they went there

          • GEAGLE

            I like your style cliff!!!

  • Tom W

    Ugh just realized its very possible Byrd and Tj Ward get franchised by their respective teams bc safety is the cheapest position other than og… Chris Clemons and Major Wright are other options at safety.

    • GEAGLE

      Seriously doubt Byrd gets tagged again…he will flip the hell out, not that it worked out for them last time with Byrd sitting out, and then milk an injury only to be named to another probowl keeping his value up…

      TJ Ward has to deal with dirty banner, and he wants to leave Cleveland and win so bad…no idea what happens with him…Niners will let Donte Whitner walk, he is an option for us, as is Chris clemons

    • aub32

      I thought Byrd couldn’t get franchized again due to stipulations in his contract. I may be mistaken though.

      • cliff henny

        he can, dug up a link on nfl.com yesterday. be some serious disfunctional management to go thru all that again. he did turn down a 5yr 40m offer. think his point was made

        • GEAGLE

          And then sat out 8 games, came back, milked his injury for another few weeks, only to be named to the probowl again, not losing ANY value….Bills have to be retarded to franchise him again…they will be lucky if he plays 6 games for them

          • cliff henny

            for you mental health, can we just give him 5yrs 42.5m, 15m guarenteed and call it a day?
            .
            honestly, not sure i’ve watched more than 10 plays of bills,mean who wants to watch buffalo…but i’ll defer to the masses…as long as i get landry benjamin or evans in draft

          • GEAGLE

            Please!!!! I have watched terrible safety play for too long, while the position evolved to become friggin CRUCIAL to be worried about what we have to pay to turn a 8 year weakness into a strength….it’s the ONE player, I’m ok with overpaying for…
            ….
            If we finished 7-9, I would say F it, just draft a safety…but we are contenders, and if we don’t fix that hole, playoff teams will just expose it and knock us out of the playoffs in round 1 again…Byrd improves: Wolf,Cary!Boykin,Bradley….DO IT, Do IT, Barry Finkle says DO IT!!!
            ….
            I think we are such a sexy destination that if we offer comperable money to the other offers players have on the table, we can have whoever we want…fortunately we have decade long proven CAP WIZARDS, so if we do pay big money for a FA, I know we have a plan in place to where we can afford him

          • cliff henny

            seriously, explain how eagles are a good destination, and they are and always have been…but the sixers suck? same freakin city!

          • Richard Colton

            it’s a football town. Has been since the A’s left.

          • GEAGLE

            Lol…eagles usually compete and have a first class organization with top notch facilities…sixers suck and don’t even have their own practice facility…let’s not talk sixers in the midst of a 4 game winning streak, I can already feel. Y blood start to boil…ATleast Pheonix who has so many draft picks is interested in Thad…
            ..
            Trade Thad to Pheonix, take back Okafors terrible contract, and get Pheonix’s pick from the wizards, AND their pick from the lakers next year which is top 5 protected, basically exactly like the pick we get from the pelicans this year..

            Trade ET to Charlotte who is DUMB. Jordan picked the best draft in a decade to decide to win games and not suck signing Al Jefferson and going in win Now mode..Charlotte like Pjeonix also has 4 first rounders,…ET would actually be nice for them, next to Cardiac Kemba and all Jefferson especially since MKG is hurt. And I get the impression that Jordan doesn’t like him..

            Or I would send ET home to Chicago, and let them DUMP Boozers contract on us, which would be Really really attractive for chicago

          • cliff henny

            hinkie’s gotta do something quickly. have a stretch here of winnable games. this team does something stupid and wins 30 and gets 9th and 14th pick and in 5 yrs i’m watching parker and wiggins dunking all over everyone, pissed wont even explain how i feel.
            .
            think suns believe they can get someone better than thad for those picks. no idea who, but that’s what they think.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah but they also have picks from the Pacers and Thunder which will be late picks…I don’t they can get better then Thad for say the 29th pick in the draft….I’d take those picks in a heartbeat and package BOTH if I have to, to draft Wisconsins Sam Dekker…I’m shooting for their pick, or their I picks via Washington, and in 2015 the lakers, but I would settle for their late picks from the thunder and pacers just so we don’t win and screw up our draft process…. I’m getting close to saying Screw Parker/Wiggins, get me Joel Embiid and we will develop the GREATEST LOB City, BLOCK Party the league has ever seen, especially since Embiid offensive game will grow leaps and bounds…the kid friggin studies Olajuwon tape, you know Hakeem will work with him one summer…

            Then take a guy like Syracuse jermi grant or Wayne Seldon with the pelicans pick..

            MCW,Nerlens,Embiid…would develope into the best defensive team in the league….MCW size flustering point guards and the freak size, hops and athleticism and agility of Embiid and Nerlens would be scary..

            But yeah, if someone isn’t traded soon, I’m gona go all tonya Harding on Hawes and mcw

          • Richard Colton

            In that case, doesn’t Buffalo have a say in his future? Like, couldn’t they work out a sign-and-trade with the threat of being franchised looming over the player’s head?

          • GEAGLE

            They have a deadline for when he can be franchised, so he could just sit tight and call their bluff….I can’t remember how common sign and trades are in the NFL…but player for player trades used to be rare! and Howie has practically started that movement so who knows

          • cliff henny

            that’s more nba. not sure i’ve ever hear of nfl s-n-t, have you? buffalo did offer him contract, it’s not like they didnt try to sign. was 5 yrs 40m but under 10m guarenteed. he wants 18-20m and 45-50m. he’s going to cost. rather set sites on ward and clemmons, more for howie/cap realistic reasons.

          • Richard Colton

            just the way you presented it reminded me of the TO to the Eagles/Ravens mess back in ’04. Maybe its just me.

          • cliff henny

            not even sure nfl can do sign and trade. since when trading, they take the dead money hit, and byrd will be like 25m dead money 1st yr. buffalo can francise him again. seems like its just time for both sides to move on.

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah but doesn’t signing bonus NOT count against the cap? I don’t give a damn how much we have to pony up as long as it’s cap-responsible

          • GEAGLE

            Just give me my stud veteran safety, my young Aldon smith/Von miller and a young wideout…and I don’t care what else we do, because it will be enough to compete

          • cliff henny

            simple, i’m with you…what’s the hold up?!

          • GEAGLE

            The damn draft process and FA period lol

        • aub32

          I hope he is allowed to walk. and thanks

          • cliff henny

            yeah man, welcome

          • CSpangler

            I think he can be had for a 4th or 5th Rd’er

  • GEAGLE

    Cooper will be back, Maclin probably has no choice but to sign a one year deal with us….Desean needs a new contract, Avant needs to be restructured…Damaris and Maehl need to be replaced with draft picks..we have our veteran core, now we need to get younger at the position

    • anon

      Yeah think this talk is much ado about nothing.

    • aub32

      Avant won’t be back if we resign Mac.

      • GEAGLE

        Seriously DOUBT Avant is going anywhere…I think this is another case where their is a major discrepancy with the way fans perceive his value and how OUR coach perceives him…

        I expect Avant back, but after restructuring his contract and taking less money…but I suspect this would be Avant’s last year, which is why I want to draft WRs HIGH NOW while we still have Avant to teach them how to be a pro

        Avant had his hands I’m some HUGE plays this year…
        ..
        Only way I don’t see Avant back is if he isn’t willing to restructure and take a pay cut. Avant shouldn’t be worried about money, if he plays the good soldier to stay here, when he retires he will be able to chose between a coaching job with the eagles! a radio job at philly sports radio! or an analyst for CSN…

        • aub32

          It’s funny how fans assume players shouldn’t worry about money and will take a paycut. We will see how it plays out, but I do not think he will make the roster next year, especially if both Coop and Mac are brought back. There are just only so many snaps to go around. Avant wouldn’t even be active on gameday. So I don’t see us paying his price tag for a guy who doesn’t dress, and I don’t see him not trying to find a place where he can see the field. We will see who ends up being correct.

          • GEAGLE

            Why the hell would he care about taking a pay cut for the next 2 years, when if he stays, he will have a job waiting for him for the next ten years…

            I’ll be very surprised if Avant,Cooper and Djax aren’t here…Maclin is more of an unknown in my eyes then the rest

      • nicksaenz1

        Hope that’s not the case regarding Avant. Locker room needs Avant, IMO.

        • aub32

          I don’t think so. There are other leaders on the team.

          • GEAGLE

            I think Chip views Avant and what he brought to the field differently then you do…and NO, you don’t have many veterans who’s future is in question, that still tutor players at his position that could take his job…not too many teams have a player like that

          • Nathanael Brice

            Chip likes to run the ball and their schemes rely on WR blocking well. Avant and Cooper are both solid blockers.

            Avant has a big cap number for a 3/4 WR so he’ll have to restructure if he wants to stick around. Per Eaglescap, 3.96mm with 710 in dead money if they cut him in 2014.

  • Kev_H

    Funny how the reporters fret about how welcomed Cooper would be in a locker room based on his being caught on tape drunk at a concert. That has zero relevance. If anything, it might add to his value since he demonstrated he can produce and improve in the face of adversity.

    • GEAGLE

      Your off base…A, whatever team signs Cooper, initially the fact that they signed a racist would resurface for two weeks and they would take a bad PR hit, B) teams who have predominantly black players in locker rooms, have to give some thought about how Coop would be received in a new locker room,,,
      …..
      Coop was a marked man all year…every Black DB probably went at him hard, and he persevered to BEAST MODE most of them…

      We are fortunate because GMs aren’t dumb…they know that Coops success came in a different offense, and I doubt they would value him as much as we do

      • sprawl

        “We are fortunate because GMs aren’t dumb…they know that Coops success came in a different offense, and I doubt they would value him as much as we do”

        So you’re saying the Cowboys are gonna sign him for big $$?

  • Addison

    I’ve always thought Mac was better than Jackson. He could have freaking killed it this year. I will never forget that time he basically intercepted a pass from Donovan that was a miss goin out of bohnds

    • JofreyRice

      haha, yeah I remember that. Rare “comeback” from McNabb against the Broncos a few years ago. Supposedly, the pass was supposed to be to Avant, on an out route but it was badly overthrown, and Maclin grabbed it, who was running a corner downfield. The hardcore McNabb lovers were like “LOOK, HE’S CLUTCH!!” and then the NFL Films clip came out and told the real story.

  • Broadcasting Wisdom

    Cooper is built for this offense. Maclin too. I wish Desean wasn’t such a me-first diva because he has all the talent in the world. I wouldn’t mind them spending Desean’s money on a safety/CB/OLB, signing Cooper and Maclin, and drafting a WR in 2nd or 3rd round.

    Before you tell me Jackson is our only deep threat, the truth is Jackson draws single coverage a LOT on the outside with just a single high safety – teams stacking the box with 8 players, Jackson should have had a field day on deep balls this year, but he didn’t – Riley did. Foles just doesn’t trust throwing it to him because of plays like the Vikings game where he doesn’t fight for it and it gets picked off. Maclin can replace Jackson, keep Cooper and Avant, and then draft a rookie to groom, and we’d be fine and with less money invested and fewer headaches and distractions from that diva Jackson.

    • Token

      I maintain you will never will it all with DeSean Jackson. Not as a #1 threat anyway. Just disappears too often when you need him most. Too easily taken out of big games.

      Now if they could get another legit threat? Then it could get interesting.

    • Bdawkbdawk

      I think your characterization of Jackson is pretty unfair here. He was open deep many times against the saints. Without seeing the all-22 its hard to know whether Foles just didn’t see him, or if he didn’t have enough time to hit him. Desean has made several good plays on deep balls- especially against the Cardinals, just because you can cherry pick one instance in which Desean didn’t break up a pass on a very poorly thrown ball, doesn’t mean Foles should have lost trust in him. If he did, well that’s on Foles. I tend to think that Desean didn’t get as much deep attention because of the innovative routes Chip designed for him all over the field. 1300 plus yards speaks for itself. Maybe Jackson isn’t deserving of the extra cash, but I can’t really argue with his production this year.
      ….
      To your point about Cooper being built for this offense, I agree. But I also think that Desean is built for this offense. And Shady, and our Oline, and our tight ends. They all are built for this offense, because Chip does a tremendous job of shaping his offense to his playmakers.

  • jmkrav

    I wonder what we could get in trade for Djax? Maybe a solid draft pick. Go out and draft DeAnthony to replace him! Spend that 10m on a stud safety… ?

    • nicksaenz1

      They’d get hit with $6mil in dead money.

      • theycallmerob

        stupid #s getting in the way of hypotheticals……

        • nicksaenz1

          It’s BS

      • jmkrav

        If he has $0 guaranteed going forward, how could they get hit with dead money?

        • cliff henny

          10m signing bonus on 5yr contract, and he’s only 2yrs thru contract. eagles spread the bonus evenly out thru the yrs

          • GEAGLE

            Cliff,any Demeco Ryan’s around the league on teams with cap problems maybe available for trade? Who has the worst cap problems? I know saints will cut will smith, so he would be available for a trade, but he doesn’t tickle my fancy

          • pjcostello

            4-3 defensive end, not a fit here. :-(

        • Nathanael Brice

          The dead money is based on what his signing bonus was when he first signed the contract. That bonus gets divided by the years of the contract (prorated). If the team terminates the contract early, it still has to take the cap hit of the whole bonus. So if you get a 10 mm bonus on a 5 year deal, and you get cut after the 2nd year, the team has 6mm of dead money. Get cut after the 4th year, 2mm of dead money.

      • pjcostello

        Not a big deal, they just dealt with dead money on Nnamdi’s contract. It’s not ideal, but you need to tell the rest of the team that this childish nonsense will not be tolerated — and that you’re willing, as a team, to put your money where your mouth is.

        • nicksaenz1

          There’s a difference in A) paying a guy 15mil and eating 11mil of that because he’s horrendous AND a cancer and B) trading one of your best players who’s due 10+mil where you still have to eat 6mil in that trade because of dead money, all while not being much of a cancer.

          • pjcostello

            Yep, but that wasn’t your comment. I replied to your actual comment. Personally I’d rather have NO cancer than ‘not much of a cancer’, and I would eat some money — and get some value in return — to accomplish this.

          • nicksaenz1

            And I’d like a billion dollars, but it’s not happening. Unfortunately in the NFL you have guys with less than desirable personalities, and his isn’t a personality that single-handedly kills a locker room, so trading him is dumb, considering the production he brings and the dead money that would be taken. Nnamdi is a completely separate case, and the dead money involved was far different, because the production and the savings made taking on the 4mil in dead money worth it.

          • pjcostello

            Indeed? You’re just a ray of sunshine, aren’t you? How about: YOUR opinion is dumb, and blah blah blah. There we go! Now I can post cogent points and arguments just as well as you can. :-) It’s not hard at all.

          • nicksaenz1

            Whatever floats your boat, bud. Eating Nnamdi’s dead money because he was garbage and about to be way overpaid for what he’s done doesn’t compare to the proposed idea of trading Desean and eating the dead money given what he’s done. So, I’m not really sure what your point is.

          • pjcostello

            I know. Reading comprehension’s not a strength, obviously.

            Two years ago Djax wanted more money, and to prove it he went out and laid an egg on the field for an entire season. People said that was understandable — why risk your body and future for a pittance or a salary? He got his money, and is currently under contract for more than $10 million dollars per year, which is in line with the top wide receivers in the game. And certainly not a pittance.

            After 2 years of his 5 year contract, he’s again decided that he’s worth more than he’s being paid, and he’s shown us all exactly how he will behave on the field until he gets what he thinks he should.

            What I (and others) are saying is: WHY should the team or the fans continue to be subjected to this idiocy? Once one pays Danegeld, one never gets rid of the Dane (once you’ve given in to blackmail, you always will). He has a lot of value on the open market right now, and trading him — dead money or not, who cares??? — makes sense. I don’t know why you care SO much about ‘dead money’. Every team seems to have some, and it really means nothing at all. Unless your name is on the paychecks, I suggest you not worry so much about it.

          • nicksaenz1

            Well when you don’t clearly state a point it’s not always easy to infer, but thanks for the critique. Now that you’ve stated your position, here’s my rebuttal: It has been known by both sides that his deal was essentially a two year deal with the way it was structured, and he was asked the question rather than volunteering the sentiments regarding his deserved pay. Therefore, the perceived idiocy is courtesy of the person doing the questioning, as D-Jax wasn’t actually making it an issue. Good to know you’re easily manipulated by mass media spin. It was always likely that his deal would be restructured at this juncture. He just had a career year and since the deal is up for restructuring and he has little to no guaranteed money left in his salary, he can actually get more guaranteed money (which is what really matters in NFL contracts) with the restructure. Anyone who watches the cap cares about dead money because it affects the cap, so the prorated portion of his original signing bonus would accelerate and hurt the cap. It’s unnecessary is the point, again, given that it was understood by all parties that this year his contract would be reevaluated. Moreover, we don’t know what he would garner on the open market because many teams would be reluctant to give up draft picks to take on 10+mil in cap hit. In fact, it’s rather unlikely that a team would give up too much to take that on unless he restructued his deal anway, so why wouldn’t we just do it as we had always planned? My name isn’t on the checks, but as an Eagles fan I care about it very much. Are you picking up what I’m putting down, yet? Or do we need to question your reading comprehension, now?

          • pjcostello

            He’s slated to make $10 million dollars next season, I’m not sure how it was ‘essentially’ a two-year deal. $10 million out of a $125 million salary cap is not insubstantial, and the team needs to decide if he’s worth it or not. Dead money does count against the cap, absolutely true. In which year have the Eagles been at or near that cap? They always have a TON of room under the cap; the number for 2013 was over $20 million, I believe. They can eat the money if they feel the team is better off, in the long run, without him — same as they did Nnamdi. You don’t keep a player you don’t want, regardless of the dollars involved. No team does. From a team perspective, you don’t want to set a precedent that other players will follow… this is a young team, and will have a lot of guys due for new contracts in the next couple of years (Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks, Nick Foles, etc). I have NO problem paying Djax what he’s under contract to earn, but I DO have a problem with him trying to extort them twice in three years. That’s all.

          • nicksaenz1

            Basically, contracts are only as good as the guaranteed money, and his guarantees were front-loaded, so this was, in essence, a contract year. Granted, it would take a bite out of the cap to cut him, and yes they have cap space, but you don’t want to lower your ability to carry cap forward for something like trading/cutting your best receiver who just put up career stats in a new system. He’s a key cog. So in this case, you restructure it to include more guarantees going forward but lower your cap hits, which reach 12.5 next year vs 4mil dead money. If they want to get rid of him, sure, go nuts, but I don’t see that as likely and I doubt the FO views these comments as egregious. And sure, you could cut him after next season if he sucks this year while eating the 10.25 this year. That said, I don’t think it’s extortion, based on these comments. I, and many others, here, took it as a harmless answer that’s not unjustified given the numbers he put up or the way he worded the answer. It appears we’ll have to agree to disagree with the harm his answer may have caused, however. Again, from all that I’ve read, and it’s been posted on this site, as well, this was always a contract year for D-Jax.

            EDIT: He’s actually a 12.5 cap hit this year according to http://eaglescap.com/current.html. This is a great site by the way. This, and overthecap.com. This one has a calculator where you can play GM. It’s fun.

    • JofreyRice

      Man, I like DeAT, but he’s no Jackson. There’s a lot more to Jackson than just running fast. The guy is a workaholic, and understands route-running, tracking the ball in the air, etc. There is a reason Jerry Rice got into the guy’s corner before the draft.

    • pjcostello

      I was thinking along these lines myself… how about Djax to SF for LaMichael James and a second-round pick? James is languishing on their bench, and they drafted Marcus Lattimore last year to be the eventual heir-apparent to Frank Gore, so James is inconsequential. But he was awesome in Kelly’s offense at Oregon, and could come right in here and be an immediate backup to McCoy, as well as an insurance policy in case of injury.

  • Shane Brown

    Dude i would love to see Cooper and Maclin out wide and Djax in the slot. Or even Maclin in the slot. I feel like either one of them could succeed catching a ton of underneath routes and crossing routes and racking up the YAC.

  • dislikedisqus

    There is clear chemistry between the starting QB and Cooper. They should bring him back. Maclin, no offense, but the second knee injury puts him in a tough spot. Not sure he’s returning.

  • Guest

    Maclin is going to sign with Kansas City. I don’t understand why everyone assumes he’s just going to come back here. He is from Missouri. He played college in Missouri. And the NFL team that plays in Missouri is coached by the guy that drafted him. He knows the offense. He knows Pederson, Culley, Nagy, etc (I dont think he and Childress overlapped). And KC has a huge need for a #2 WR. Maclin would be the PERFECT complement to Bowe, and no one knows that more than Andy.

    Is he a fit for Chip’s offense? Sure. But in a one-year prove-it deal, wouldn’t he be more comfortable in an offense he already knows? I wouldn’t be surprised if KC offers him more than one year.

    Now, Cooper should be a guy the Eagles can sign at a little bit of a discount. He should be the #3 WR (but not in the slot). They need to find another starter. A guy that can start on the outside, and then move inside to the slot when they go 3WR. Then Cooper would come on. Thats what the Giants do with Cruz. He’s a slot WR that starts on the outside in 2WR sets. Thats what the Eagles need.

    • guest

      And I’d definitely be open to Avant returning as the #4. Especially if the new starter I’m referring to is a draft pick. Leadership, blocking, slot insurance. Avant is the guy that smoothed over the Cooper situation. Avant is the guy that calmed down DeSean when he had his sideline tantrum. Avant is the guy that calmed down Cary Williams when he had his little sideline scene. The players respect him more than anyone in that locker room, including DeMeco.

      I understand its a business though, and if he isn’t back, I wish him well. One of the best people this city has ever had play for one of our teams.

  • FluxCapacitor

    I’m pulling for Mac – really want him here, but will be a fan anywhere he ends up. He did all the right things, and acted very professional. I also think he could very well be the perfect fit for this system, and our best WR if he fully recovers.