Where Maclin’s Departure Leaves the Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was a little more than a year ago when Jeremy Maclin addressed reporters at the NovaCare Complex after having signed a one-year deal with the Eagles.

Maclin was coming off ACL surgery, but opted not to test the market. He decided to play out 2015 in hopes of landing a long-term deal down the road with the team that drafted him.

After an 85-catch, 1,318-yard, 10-TD season, Maclin put himself in a great position. He maintained all along that his No. 1 goal was to remain with the Eagles. And the team said often that it wanted Maclin back.

But when organizations let their own players reach the negotiating period of free agency, they run the risk of losing them. And that’s what apparently happened Sunday night with Chris Mortensen’s report that Maclin is headed to Kansas City to reunite with Andy Reid.

So where does the move leave the Eagles? Read more »

Tag Deadline: The Latest On Maclin

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. today to place the franchise tag on Jeremy Maclin.

If they opt not to use the tag, they’ll have four-plus days to work out a deal before other teams join the bidding. The “legal tampering” period begins March 7, when clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with the representatives of players who will become free agents on March 10.

Applying the tag would keep Maclin off the market, allowing the Eagles more time to work on a long-term deal with him exclusively. The downside is that they would owe him $12.8 million this season if they cannot come to terms. That would eat significantly into their cap space.

My sense is that the near $13 million figure will dissuade the Eagles from applying the tag. If that proves true, they’ll be operating from here on in without a safety net. Read more »

Weekend Reading: Praise For Abdullah

Bruce Thorson / USA Today

Bruce Thorson / USA Today

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice is quite impressed with Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah:

During his Combine interview with the media, some reporter asked him a random question about Patriots RB Shane Vereen. Abdullah was armed with a great answer. “I watch a lot of his film to help myself out with route running,” said Abdullah. “He runs the best option route in the NFL right now. He does a good job of stemming the linebackers, snapping them off, and using his head (demonstrated a head juke) to get separation, (and he has) outstanding hands.” Read more »

What They’re Saying: Is Brett Hundley Underrated?

Richard Mackson / USA TODAY Sports

Richard Mackson / USA TODAY Sports

Here is a rundown of what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

Matt Waldman of Football Outsiders wonders if Brett Hundley would have as high a draft stock as Marcus Mariota if he played in the Oregon offense:

Thanks in part to the Ducks’ offense, I have also seen far fewer successful throws with tight-window accuracy from Mariota than I have with Hundley. Considering how well Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez performed in this style of scheme in Philadelphia, it poses a sensible question: does the offense inflate the perceived talent of a quarterback?

The opposite proposition might be that Mark Sanchez was better than we saw in New York on a Rex Ryan-coached team that didn’t develop a strong offensive system after Sanchez had a solid beginning to his career. Likewise, Jim Mora — like Ryan — is a defensive-oriented coach with a similar history of uninspired offensive football. Perhaps Brett Hundley’s potential has been limited by the Bruins’ offense, and could blossom in a more imaginative environment? Read more »

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