The Philadelphia Eagles have some decisions to make at the wide receiver position. Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin‘s contracts are both up, and it’s possible the team may have to choose which receiver fits into their long term plans best as they don’t want to allocate too much money at one position.
Before Maclin’s season-ending injury he was arguably the best and most consistent wide receiver on the team. He caught everything that came his way. He was deadly on intermediate and deep routes, and he also used his thickly built frame to break tackles and get yards after the catch.
People quickly forget how talented this kid is. If it is a choice between Cooper and Maclin it’s a no brainer. You re-up Maclin even if it is on a short-term deal to see how he responds to the injury. Guys like Cooper you can find, but Maclin’s ability is more rare. He can be special.
There’s no doubt the receiver position is up in the air. DeSean Jackson wants more money, and these two are pending free agents.
Is it possible the Eagles let both players walk? Sure, but it is highly unlikely. The Eagles have enough defensive needs already. They seem relatively set on offense with an impressive young group of playmakers. The best bet would to be to try to re-sign both of these guys if possible.
Cooper has formed a real rapport with Eagles quarterback Nick Foles as a big downfield target. When healthy Maclin is the perfect athlete to play the slot or outside in Chip Kelly‘s offense. If the Eagles get both these guys under contract their offense will be that much more dangerous next season.