Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, who missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL, becomes a free agent in March. And he knows he’s in a much worse position negotiating for a new contract than he would be if he had been healthy last year.
Maclin told CSNPhilly.com that he realizes he may have to settle for a one-year prove-it deal, instead of a lucrative long-term 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 said he has spoken with the Eagles about staying in Philadelphia, but he doesn’t know what the future holds.
“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.”
Maclin may have to settle for a one-year deal in 2014, and get the type of deal he’s looking for in 2015.