While he has been an adequate number-two receiver at times for the Eagles, Maclin has done nothing during his tenure to prove himself as a proven player.
The Eagles grabbed Maclin in the first round of the 2009 draft with the 19th overall pick, hoping that the highly-touted University of Missouri product could emerge as the squad’s number one wide-out. But at this point in his NFL career, there are a lot of concerns about Maclin’s ability to perform at the professional level.
In 2008, just the year before the Eagles selected Maclin, the birds drafted WR DeSean Jackson in the second round. So once Maclin came on board, the Eagles began to look like a legitimate threat in the NFC East.
Wide receivers in the NFL have two marks to hit each season that unofficially determine whether or not they were a legitimate competitor that year. A wide-out must tally over 1,000 yards receiving and haul in at least 10 touchdown passes throughout the regular season to be deemed relevant.
Well, Maclin has yet to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in any of his four years, and has generated just one 10-touchdown season. With 719 receiving yards and two games left this year, Maclin has almost no chance of reaching 1,000 yards, being that he would need to average 140.5 receiving yards in each contest.
Maclin had his best year by a long-shot in 2010, when the second year wide-out snagged 70 catches for 964 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.
That 2010 season was the comeback campaign of Eagles QB Michael Vick that was also dotted with appearances by current Arizona Cardinals QB Kevin Kolb.
Too bad Maclin has failed to ever produce an impressive season with Vick, Kolb or former Eagles franchise QB Donovan McNabb at the helm. Even in his short time with current Eagles QB Nick Foles, Maclin has had trouble putting consistent numbers in the stat column.
So, with a four year sample complete, the Eagles need to begin considering if they should cut ties with the greatly underachieving Maclin. In this past off-season, the Eagles inked Jackson to a very generous 5-year, $51 million deal, but Maclin is still playing under his 5-year, $15.5 million rookie contract.
With the Eagles already heavily invested in Jackson, the team should look to trade Maclin and see what they can get for him, before he becomes a free agent after next year’s 2013 season.
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