Philadelphia Eagles Would Be Foolish to Trade Jeremy Maclin

By Dan Parzych
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There’s been plenty of talk recently about the Philadelphia Eagles possibly trading wide receiver Jeremy Maclin since he’s entering the final year of his rookie contract. However, there’s no reason for anyone to make a big deal about this scenario just yet–mainly because Maclin is too valuable in the passing game.

Despite having DeSean Jackson, the argument can be made that Maclin is the team’s No. 1 wide receiver and even though injuries have been a problem throughout his career–he’s still proven to be one of the most difficult wide receivers to defend when healthy. There was a reason why the Eagles were willing to trade up in the 2009 NFL Draft to acquire Maclin in the first round and to consider trading him before the 2013 season would be nothing but foolish.

Philadelphia turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012 season as they finished with just four wins all year and they’ll need all of the weapons in the world to bounce back next year. By trading Maclin, it would only set the Eagles back considering Maclin is one of their top targets in the passing game.

Maclin may still be waiting to break the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career, but there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be able to during the 2013 season if he can manage to stay healthy. There may be questions surrounding the possibility of a trade, but it’s safe to say Maclin won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

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