Free-Agency Notes: Will Worilds Shake Loose?

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Jason Worilds is a name to keep in mind as we inch closer to the start of free agency on March 10.

The Eagles were interested in the 26-year-old outside linebacker last offseason but the Steelers kept him off the market by placing the transition tag on him, a move that cost them just shy of $10 million. If they chose the same course of action this year, they would reportedly have to pay Worilds closer to $11 million.

“Jason had a good year for us last year,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “He is still a young player. He is probably still an ascending player. I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him, either, as a Steeler or as a potential player for someone else’s team. He is definitely someone that we will consider keeping. We will see where the market goes.”

The Steelers are currently projected to be slightly over the salary cap for 2015, and that’s without Worilds on the books. Read more »

Eagles Offseason Outlook: Wide Receiver

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We did quarterbacks yesterday. Now it’s onto the wide receivers.


The big question here is whether the Eagles will be able to re-sign Jeremy Maclin. By all accounts, they want him back, and Maclin wants to return. But he’s not going to be cheap.

Maclin bet on himself going into 2014 and performed brilliantly, finishing with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 TDs. If he hits the open market, there will most certainly be a lot of interest, and many have already speculated that Andy Reid and the Chiefs could get involved. The Eagles have the franchise tag in their back pocket. Maclin’s leverage? The Eagles’ wide receiver group would be one of the worst in the league without him. Read more »

McCoy And the Running Back Market

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Jeremy Maclin called the idea that the Eagles have to choose between him and LeSean McCoy “crazy”, and in one respect, he’s right.

The Eagles are estimated to have about $20 million in salary cap space heading into the 2015 league year. Some money will get gobbled up — Maclin has to get paid, the 2012 draft class is up for new contracts and they need to allocate some dollars to free agency — but it’s not like they’re strapped. This front office is one of the best at manipulating the cap, and there are ways of freeing up money in other areas (via restructuring, pay cuts etc.) if need be. It doesn’t have to be McCoy.

It’s more about how this team wants to proceed as it maps out its financial future. Read more »

Jeremy Maclin Talks Contract

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Yesterday, LeSean McCoy discussed his contract situation while making the rounds at Radio Row. Today, it was Jeremy Maclin‘s turn.

Maclin, who is still not under contract for 2015, was asked if he expects to continue his career in Philadelphia.

“Yeah. I’ve always said that,” Maclin said, via “But at the same time you have to understand what is going on.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: Less Optimism About Maclin?

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here are some Eagles-related weekend links worth checking out.

On 97.5, Adam Caplan suggested re-signing Jeremy Maclin might not be as easy as some believe because he switched agents from Ben Dogra to Tom Condon (via Bleeding Green Nation):

But I just think that had Maclin not left Dogra, it wouldn’t have surprised me if a deal would have got done already. I think that’s how good the [Eagles-Dogra] relationship is.

So they’ve got to work through this. This will not be easy. But again, I’m just going to make this very clear: I’m not nearly as optimistic. I thought it was an absolute lock when Dogra was there because I kind of know this was going with those guys.

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Maclin, Dorenbos Pro-Bowl Bound

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Add two more Eagles to the Pro Bowl list.

Jeremy Maclin and Jon Dorenbos are heading to Glendale, Arizona. Maclin replaces an injured Demaryius Thomas. Dorenbos was selected as a “need” player by coach Jason Garrett.

Maclin established career highs in receptions (85) and yards (1,318) and tied a personal best with 10 touchdowns. This will be Maclin’s first Pro Bowl and it’s the second for Dorenbos, who was selected in 2009.

That makes nine Eagles that have been selected to the Pro Bowl this year. LeSean McCoy, Evan MathisJason Peters, Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce, Cody Parkey and Darren Sproles all received nods. McCoy will sit out as a precautionary measure after injuring his knee in the finale against the Giants.

Looking At Maclin’s Value

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Jeremy Maclin is going to be one of the most desirable wide receiver options on the open market, should he get there.

It’s hard to envision a scenario in which Demaryius Thomas or Dez Bryant is allowed to escape Denver and Dallas, respectively. That elevates the likes of Maclin and Randall Cobb to the top of the heap, with Michael Crabtree and Torrey Smith arguably a tier below them.

[Here’s a list of the free-agent wide receivers, courtesy of spotrac.]

The 24-year-old Cobb had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, while Maclin caught 85 balls for 1,318 yards and 10 scores for the Eagles. No matter which receiver you prefer, both have positioned themselves for big pay days — whether that be with their current teams or elsewhere.

What kind of money are we talking about for Maclin? Read more »

Eagles End Of the Year Awards

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was an up-and-down year for the 2014 Eagles. From the shutout against the Giants to the Thanksgiving Day win in Dallas to the collapse down the stretch, the end result left players and fans with an empty feeling.

Having said that, now seems like a good time to wrap a bow around the year that was. Here are my 2014 end-of-year Eagles awards. Read more »

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