When Jeremy Maclin agreed to a one-year deal in February to return to the Philadelphia Eagles, the wide receiver said he hoped to a longer deal to stay with the team. Well, Maclin has done nothing but impress this season.
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He leads the team with 16 catches for 296 yards and three touchdowns. That’s good for seventh in the NFL in receiving yards and he’s eighth in the league with 31 targets.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McClane, Chip Kelly called Maclin a “big-time receiver” after he caught eight passes for 154 yards a touchdown in last week’s win against Washington. McClane believes Maclin could get paid like one this season, too.
"The Eagles aren’t quite at that point, but after a strong start that frankly could have been stronger had he and his quarterback been on the same page, Maclin could be hearing from the front office sometime this season.“I’m not pressing it. That time will come when it comes,” the wide receiver said this week. “But, yeah, this is where I want to be. I’ve always said that.”"
The Eagles originally offered Maclin a multi-year deal even though he missed all of last season with a torn ACL. But Maclin made like a Flacco and rolled the dice, looking to blow up in a contract year and ink a major, long-term deal next offseason.
Maclin’s break-out game was Week 3. He’s played well all season but Nick Foles has missed him deep on a number of plays. It’s not surprising, since Maclin and Foles didn’t play together at all until these last few games.
Once Foles and Maclin get the chemistry down, he should rise to one of the NFL’s most productive pass-catchers. Then, his gamble could play off early.
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