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Eagles’ Jeremy Maclin realizes his ACL limits his contract negotiating leverage

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL. He is a free agent this spring and realizes that his injury could affect his ability to secure a new contract.

“I understand it could be a possibility that [the ACL tear] may scare some teams off, or a team may want to do a one-year deal as opposed to a long-term contract,” Maclin said. “That’s the game, that’s the business.”

Maclin is still holding out hope he can return to the Eagles.

“Both sides have had talks,” Maclin said. “I respect [GM] Howie [Roseman]. I understand this is a business, I understand he has to look out for what’s best for the organization, and that’s what he’s supposed to do. I have all the faith that he’s going to do what’s best for the organization, whether that’s deciding to keep me there or moving in another direction. I’m a realist, I understand that’s a possibility. For a team that wants to give me a one-year deal, that’s cool, I’ll just go out there and ball out, do the things I think I can do. Hopefully get that type of deal I’m looking for.”

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