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 NJ.com. “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

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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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Setting Up the Offseason

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Eagles players cleaned out their lockers Monday and had their exit interviews with coaches. In all likelihood, we won’t hear from Chip Kelly again until March.

Keeping that in mind, it’s time to set up the offseason. We’ll be represented at all the major events: the Senior Bowl in January, the combine in February and the owners meetings in March. Below are some notes on where things stand for the Eagles going into the next few months.

Free Agency

The following Eagles are unrestricted free agents: WR Jeremy Maclin, OLB Brandon Graham, S Nate Allen, CB Bradley Fletcher, QB Mark Sanchez, ILB Casey Matthews and WR Brad Smith.

The priority there is Maclin. By all accounts, he wants to be back, and the team wants him back. But there are no sure things. If Maclin were to hit the open market, he would have plenty of suitors. Read more »

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Giants

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina - USA Today

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina – USA Today

Instead of doing a true Eagles-Giants scouting report, we’ll take a look at the offseason/future with this week’s piece.

WHEN THE EAGLES PASS…

Turnovers have been the issue all season. The Eagles have given the ball away on 18.2 percent of their drives; that’s the worst mark in the NFL. Quarterback play has been a problem throughout.

Mark Sanchez is completing 64.1 percent of his passes (13th) and averaging 7.79 YPA (sixth). But his 3.7 percent interception rate is fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 200 passes. Only Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles and Geno Smith have been worse.

Asked how Nick Foles’ injury clouds the offseason outlook at quarterback, Chip Kelly said: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll sit down and thoroughly evaluate everything. But it’s no different than any other position when you look at it. You just tell us what we have available right now we’ll take a look at it, let’s detail it, let’s go through the film again, let’s put our heads together, let’s get everybody’s opinion on it and make valid decisions. I don’t think we can look back and say this clouds this, this doesn’t cloud this. It doesn’t matter how much it clouds or doesn’t cloud. That’s the reality of it. He got hurt, so we have to make decisions moving forward in terms of what we’re going to do.” Read more »

Maclin: ‘Why Wouldn’t I Want To Be Here?’

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

In 2013, Jeremy Maclin sat on the sideline and watched as his teammates put up career numbers in Chip Kelly’s offense.

Nick Foles, DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Riley Cooper all blew up as the Eagles won the NFC East and advanced to the playoffs.

Maclin imagined how he might fit, and after the season, he decided to sign a one-year deal to remain with the Eagles. He gambled, and he won.

Maclin has 82 receptions for 1,269 yards and 10 touchdowns through 15 games. Despite the Eagles’ shoddy quarterback play, he’s shown the ability to make plays downfield and come up with clutch grabs near the sidelines. Maclin has been the Eagles’ most consistent offensive player in what has been an inconsistent season for the team overall.

Now he’s getting ready to once again be a free agent, but Maclin sounds like he fully expects to remain in Philadelphia next season and beyond. Read more »

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