There is gambling with your short-term career to secure long-term security and then there is what Jeremy Maclin did this week with the Philadelphia Eagles. After seeing his teammate Riley Cooper ink a five-year, $25 million contract, Maclin signed a one-year deal to return to the Eagles before testing free agency for a fat long-term deal.
The only thing about that is, Maclin is holding out for a long-term deal when Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane reports Philadelphia already offered a five-year deal to Maclin and he rejected it in favor of a one year deal.
Jeremy Maclin said #Eagles offered 5-year contract. He, obviously, wanted the one and thinks the big 5-year deal could come in-season.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) February 28, 2014
It’s actually easy to figure out why this is the case as Maclin likely wasn’t hearing a $25 million salary attached to his contract like Cooper was, as Maclin’s figure was likely much lower. He’s going to try and play up his value with the Eagles this season, but he’s coming off of a season where he tore his ACL and didn’t play a down, so the risk is almost higher than the reward.