Maclin Parts Ways With Agent
Jeremy Maclin has terminated his contract with agents Ben Dogra and Jim Steiner, a representative of the NFL Players Association told Birds 24/7 Tuesday.
He is currently without representation. The move became official on November 20. By rule, a player must wait five days to hire a new agent. That means Maclin is clear to sign with another agent on Wednesday.
Maclin is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the season. Coming off ACL surgery, he opted for a one-year, $5.25 million deal this offseason rather than taking a team-friendly multi-year deal. The idea was to bet on himself and so far the move is paying off. The 26-year-old has 63 catches, 980 yards and nine touchdowns through 11 games. He ranks seventh in yards, fourth in TDs and seventh in catches of 20-plus yards (16). He has not been charged with a single drop, per Pro Football Focus.
Maclin’s contract status was brought up this week by fellow wide receiver Riley Cooper, who was asked about how the snaps at receiver are being doled out.
“Maclin’s trying to get a contract so he’s probably not going to try and come out of the game,” Cooper said, later adding: “Hopefully, Maclin gets this thing done and he’ll probably be subbing just as much.”
Cooper clarified on Tuesday that he was joking, though his follow-up comments about the rotation at receiver were equally bizarre.
“Im supposed to sub every four or five plays, and that’s what I do,” he said. “Maclin I guess, he’s a lot better player than me so he doesn’t have to sub.”
Maclin didn’t seem amused that his teammate was talking about his contract in the first place.
“That was not a very smart thing of Coop to say,” said Maclin.
Is it true that he doesn’t rotate out because he is in search of a new deal?
“No,” he said.
Dogra was recently terminated by powerful talent agency CAA earlier this month. A player can remain with an agent even if the agent changes companies. It’s unclear whether Dogra’s departure from CAA and Maclin’s decision to move on from him are related.