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Jeremy Maclin will let contract take care of itself

Jeremy Maclin AP

Early this offseason, there was some chatter that the Eagles were considering a trade involving wide receiver Jeremy Maclin.

That talk was quickly refuted, leaving Maclin to start the final year of his rookie deal with the same team that originally drafted him. Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that there have been preliminary talks between the receiver and the club, although Maclin said that he’s not sweating things on the contract front at this point.

“I think I can only get better,” Maclin said. “I think it will be good for me to go out there and just play ball and let everything else take care of itself.”

If Maclin does get better, he’ll be proven correct about it being a good development for him to get out there and play ball. Signing a contract now would lock him in at a price commensurate with what he’s achieved during his first four years, which have been good but nothing that would command top dollar. Whatever injury risk there is for Maclin is negated by the potential rewards that would come with a big season in Chip Kelly’s offense.

In other words, Maclin’s not likely to cost himself much, if any, money should 2013 bring more of the same. The knowledge that better play will bring better pay should mean there’s no shortage of motivation for Maclin to turn his thoughts of getting better into reality.

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24 Responses to “Jeremy Maclin will let contract take care of itself”
  1. bigdawg24 says: Jun 23, 2013 11:01 AM

    He has been injury prone since his days at Mizzou.

    Great player, though. Would love to see him with the Chiefs.

  2. eaglesfan036 says: Jun 23, 2013 11:02 AM

    Maclin has been supposed to have a breakout season the last few years yet has never broke out. He’s still a solid number two receiver, just not quite a number one receiver.

  3. gumbogumbo says: Jun 23, 2013 11:04 AM

    Maclin is one of many Eagles players who’s contract is due to expire after the 2013 season. Philly is full of ‘prove-it’ players and young blood ready to make their mark. Letting it ‘work itself out’ allows for Maclin to build self value which can be used for contract negotiations with whomever.

  4. andyreidsbossoms says: Jun 23, 2013 11:15 AM

    I’m a huge Eagles fan but I can’t stand Maclin and Jackson…too soft

  5. haterswelcomed says: Jun 23, 2013 11:22 AM

    I just wish he didnt get ‘injured’ after every other contact. Idk who spends more fake time on the ground him or LeBron James

  6. djstat says: Jun 23, 2013 11:25 AM

    Maybe a guy like Maclin won’t prove it

  7. adam710 says: Jun 23, 2013 11:33 AM

    Good. The last thing the Eagles need is a player who treats his contract how Desean Jackson does. Maclin is being patient. He’s got one more year to prove himself to be a breakout player.

  8. souldogdave says: Jun 23, 2013 11:36 AM

    He was drafted first round #19 in 2009. He has never shown himself to be a #1 receiver, never had 1,000 yard season, and he’s listed at 6′ tall, which means he’s 5’10″. Sounds like he already makes too much money, will he even make the team?

  9. ozymandias121 says: Jun 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    He should learn how to take care of himself first and actually play a whole season.

  10. cmdrsmooth says: Jun 23, 2013 11:46 AM

    Eagles should trade him now why he still has some value.

  11. softhelmet says: Jun 23, 2013 12:07 PM

    I like his attitude, but with his injury history and the QB situation in Philly, lord knows how this will play out.

  12. b3nz0z says: Jun 23, 2013 12:15 PM

    Something’s missing with his game, but maybe this new scheme can open things up for him

  13. trytobnimble says: Jun 23, 2013 12:48 PM

    It’s been obvious for some time that he’s just a guy. When is the last time Maclin has been double covered all game long? You don’t win championships with average joe’s starting for you.

    Some Eagles fans seem to hate Jackson, but at least he’s a player other teams scheme for. Maclin, not so much. Tells you all you need to know.

  14. therealtrenches says: Jun 23, 2013 2:14 PM

    Refreshing to see a guy claim he will take the high road and then actually take it, instead of pulling a Victor Cruz, and claiming to be one of the good guys, then holding out.

  15. brettfavresmidget says: Jun 23, 2013 4:07 PM

    Goal 1: Stop getting injured every other play.

    Goal 2: Stop looking for a flag on those plays you don’t get injured on.

  16. canesfan136 says: Jun 23, 2013 6:10 PM

    Mr Drop himself…..he has a lot to prove…hope he can catch that quick slant in Kelly’s offense and take hits from LB’ers and safeties…..I dont see him getting through the year.

  17. bleedgreen11 says: Jun 23, 2013 8:11 PM

    he is soft. maybe he will change, they usually do not.

  18. mikea311 says: Jun 23, 2013 8:20 PM

    maybe he realize he isnt good enough to hold out. I love how the Eagles traded up to get him because they thought the Giants would take him.

    I’m happy we have Nicks, thank you.

  19. mungman69 says: Jun 23, 2013 8:30 PM

    Who will throw him the ball?

  20. snowboardinganteater says: Jun 23, 2013 9:49 PM

    Time to use the The Chewbacca Defense.

  21. ianijm says: Jun 23, 2013 10:28 PM

    Some here in Philly seem to think this guy is good, but I see nothing but total mediocrity. Not at all worth the first round pick they invested in him.

    I’d be happy to see him walk.

  22. kspells12345 says: Jun 24, 2013 9:32 AM

    Eagles fan here. He’s an average #2. Soft. Overrated.

  23. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jun 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    The Eagles are a terrible franchise. If I were Maclin I would quit while I am ahead.

  24. fknn2kenneth says: Jun 30, 2013 11:49 AM

    As an Eagles fan I hope Macklin does play well enough to get a big raise on his next contract. Maybe that also means the rest of the team does well.

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