Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin Faces a Crucial, Contract Season in 2013

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As four years have now shamefully elapsed in Philadelphia Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin’s extraordinarily disappointing NFL career, it looks like he’ll be playing elsewhere following the upcoming 2013 season.

The Eagles drafted Maclin with the 19th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft. Maclin had an exceptional college career at the University of Missouri and was expected to make an immediate impact in the big leagues when he joined Eagles All-Pro WR DeSean Jackson in Philly. Jackson actually received his All-Pro honors following Maclin’s 2009 rookie season, when Maclin helped divert defenders’ attention away from Jackson due to his incredibly high expectations.

Instead, Maclin has failed to put together any truly notable statistics in his first four seasons, failing to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in any of the campaigns. He has also only totaled 10 touchdowns and 70 receptions one time, in 2010, which was easily his best campaign to date.

Well, at the end of the upcoming 2013 season, Maclin will become a free agent as his five-year, $15.5 million rookie contract is set to expire.

The Eagles are not generally expected to re-sign Maclin considering the squad just inked Jackson to an illustrious 5-year, $51 million deal following the 2011 season. Jackson certainly seems to be the most explosive and dynamic of the duo, while Maclin’s career has had bright spots but no really defining moments.

When any professional athlete is playing in a season leading up to a brand new contract, the main thing on their mind is money, considering their performance that year will largely impact what sort of dollar signs they will see in regards to their future contract with their future suitor.

Maclin recently gave Eagles QB Michael Vick a vote of confidence for the starting QB job. This comes as no surprise, as I would obviously also prefer a proven veteran over a novice youngster, like Nick Foles or Matt Barkley, when embarking on such an important year.

 

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