Should Philadelphia Eagles Look to Trade WR Jeremy Maclin in Final Year of Contract?

By Joe Doris
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To put it lightly, former first-round draft pick WR Jeremy Maclin has come nowhere close to living up to his sky-high expectations ever since the Philadelphia Eagles brought the youngster aboard with the 19th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft.

Maclin was a two-time consensus All-American at the University of Missouri, where he mesmerized college football fans nation-wide with his wildly explosive athletic ability. Not only was Maclin a monster in the receiving game while in school, but he also flourished as a kick and punt-returner.

Unfortunately, Maclin has yet to generate even 1,000 receiving yards, the unofficial mark of a successful season for an NFL wide-out, in any of his four professional seasons. Maclin has certainly shown his all-star capabilities from time to time in Eagles’ green, but the 25-year-old has failed to stay healthy long enough to maintain any relevance as a wide receiver at this level.

With Chip Kelly now at the helm as head coach of the Birds, Maclin should have the rare chance to rise back to prominence after an initial stumble.

But if he is unable to legitimately produce through the first few weeks of the 2013 NFL Season, the Eagles should look to trade Maclin who is in the final year of his 5-year, $15.5 million rookie contract.

The Eagles already re-inked WR DeSean Jackson, the Eagles’ proven number one wide-out, to a mammoth 5-year contract worth up $51 million prior to last year’s 2012 season. With Maclin on the brink of a half-decade of disappointment, he has given the Eagles no reason to retain his services.

The best bet for the Birds will be to move Maclin before the 2013 trade deadline, so they can at least try and salvage some value for their unfortunate first-round flop.


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