Should the Philadelphia Eagles Sign Jeremy Maclin to a Long-Term Deal?

By Dan Parzych
Jeremy Maclin
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Last year, the Philadelphia Eagles turned into one of the biggest disappointments of the 2012 season as they had high expectations at the beginning of the year, only to finish with a 4-12 record. With Chip Kelly on board at head coach and having one of the most interesting quarterback situations, expectations are high once again heading into next year, but if they are going to bounce back–they may need a big season from wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

Talk is beginning to heat up about Maclin when it comes to his future in Philadelphia as he’s entering the final year of his contract with the Eagles. While Maclin’s numbers may not stand out like some of the other wide receivers in the league, he’s certainly been a key factor for Philadelphia’s passing game over his first four years in the league as he’s caught 258 passes for 3,453 yards to go along with 26 touchdowns.

Maclin has provided some big games for the Eagles so far in his career, but the wideout has also been held back from reaching his full potential at times due to numerous injuries–which could play a deciding factor moving forward. The two parties have already expressed mutual interest in making sure a deal does get worked out at some point to make sure Maclin is around for the long run, but as sports has proven over the years–nothing is guaranteed when it comes to this kind of stuff.

Next season will certainly be an important one for Maclin, but with the way things have gone so far over the last four years–it’s safe to say Philadelphia would be smart to lock him up for the long run now rather than wait it out to avoid losing him in free agency if he decides to test the market.

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