Maclin’s size, contract demands make his departure a no-brainer

AP

Last year, the Eagles wanted to sign receiver Jeremy Maclin to a multi-year deal.  After ACL surgery that wiped out his contract year, Maclin wanted to bet on himself with a one-year contract.

The bet paid off, which meant the Eagles would have had to pay a lot more to keep him.  Which made it likely from the moment Maclin made it through the year healthy and with 1,318 receiving yards (the first 1,000-yard season of his career) that someone else would pay Maclin more than the Eagles would offer.

Though not as small as DeSean Jackson, Maclin is much closer to the former Eagles receiver who wore No. 10 than a former Eagles receiver who wore No. 17 on the wideout height chart.  Last September, coach Chip Kelly bristled at questions about the officially six-feet-tall Maclin’s lack of stature.

You can’t get everybody to be 6‑5,” Kelly said at the time.  “Everybody ideally would like a Megatron‑type guy, but you can’t get all of those guys.  You have to make a decision on the direction you’re going and that’s the decision we made. . . . The weight part is the biggest thing for a lot of us in terms of what we are looking at too.”

Height, of lack thereof, surely fueled Kelly’s decision not to bring back Maclin at whatever he’ll be getting from the Chiefs.  And now Kelly can sign receiver Andre Johnson with half of the money it would have taken to get Maclin, or less.

52 responses to “Maclin’s size, contract demands make his departure a no-brainer

  1. They better get Andre Johnson or draft a wide receiver because Riley Cooper is about to get expose

  2. Agree with this article…while the Maclin departure may hurt in the near-term, he’s not the type of WR needed for Chips offense. Can’t commit big dollars long term. Expecting a temporary stop-gap while we chase the big fish next offseason.

  3. Good luck to Mac… Good player, but Andy just paid the Sun, the moon, and the stars for a really solid receiver with a noodle arm QB! I mean if you want to know why no receiver caught a TD in KC last year look no further than Alex “I can’t throw further than 15 yards downfield” Smith. Poor Jeremy will lose half his production and the Chiefs still won’t have a passing offense.

  4. He can now “sign” Johnson, or trade for him using all the draft picks he doesn’t have after trading them all to the Redskins for his new Philadelphia Duck under center?

  5. Looking at the FA market for receivers….there’s nothing left as far as #1 receivers go.

    With all that money and lack of receiver depth, I think they should have matched or beat out any offer.

  6. Like there’s an abundance of 6’5″ WRs running 4.3, who can actually catch. Maclin more than proved himself before and especially after the injury.

    Chip’s belief that he can plug anyone into his system and win is gonna prove to be his downfall. And NO, Andre Johnson cannot take the top off a defense like Maclin can. At 33, he’s lucky to get separation on underneath stuff.

    MISTAKE!

  7. Isn’t plugging anyone in to his system the exact way that the Super Bowl winning coach Bill B (except for QB) uses? He’s just following the game plan of the best. He Thinks Marriotta is going to be his Brady and he’ll upgrade some key areas like the Pats and the rest will be mid level players. What super star receivers do the Pats have? Gronk plays TE. You get a good QB, a good o line, one above average offensive weapon. You get good LBs, good D Tackles, and good Safety and corner may and you can spend light everywhere else. U’m not saying he is as good as BB, I am just saying he is following that plan.

  8. They probably can sign Andre Johnson for half the money….and they’ll probably wind up with half the production as well. If that is their plan then shame on them. With all of that being said, they still need a legit QB.

  9. There was absolutely no valid reason to not re-sign Maclin. Good lock-room guy and a terrific receiver as well.

    The Birds aren’t strapped for cash or cap space so the idea of Chip not wanting ‘overspend’ is ludicrous.

    Terrible decision here. I don’t care what kind of ‘scheme’ you’re running, you can’t win without talented ballplayers.

  10. Strapped for cash? No they are not BUT they will have to sign Cox and Kendricks next year. It’s not about just 1 year. This definantly puts a dent in the Eagles offense but there should be some talent available. Losing Maclin worries me not signing Mccourty worries me. This team has just sprung a leak. I’m standing behind Chip but he better have an ace up his sleeve. Oh yeah screw the Redskins! Fly Eagles Fly!

  11. Obvious Point #1 – it was obvious that the press got the narrative wrong from the beginning with Maclin’s re-signing with Philly. It went degree-by-degree from “it’s a lock he comes back” to “shocked if it doesn’t happen” to suddenly “Maclin signs with KC.” Starting to feel like Maclin preferred Andy over Chip (oh yeah and the $$$) all along.

    Obvious Point #2 – Chip is totally blowing up the offensive side of the ball and rebuilding around Mariota, or will when they move up to draft, and is beefing up the Defense in hopes of surviving Mariota’s learning curve. Or I could be wrong. Good luck Eagles fans.

  12. As much as I love me a 6 foot 5 get any jump ball WR, it really doesn’t matter.

    Route running gets you open in the NFL. Not height or speed.

    Maclin gets open and catches everything near him.

  13. Riley Cooper could be my number one. Chris Polk leading my backs. No tackles on either side and don’t mention a secondary.

    Man, it’s great to be a genius.

  14. It sure looks to me like Chip is violating the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” rule quite a bit. All I can say is these moves better friggin’ work.

  15. Truth is we do not know anything til Tuesday. So many conflicting reports. First Gore is gonna sign then he is in talks with 49ers then Maclin is near a deal then all of a sudden is gonna be a chief. There were reports of a 4, 5, and 6 year deal for Byron. And another saying eagles were confident in signing Mccourty then he is back with Pats. I think the media shouldn’t be allowed to report the week going into free agency.

  16. After the removal of ALL their offensive speed in two football seasons, I now await the Eagles to commit the next 3 years worth of first-rounders in order to draft Mariotta.

  17. I read the whole “Howie Roseman has moved his office completely out of the Eagles Football Operations” COMPLETELY WRONG!!!Lol

    At first I thought Roseman was tucking his tail and limping off in defeat with his “Promotion”!!!

    But in hindsight, I realize that he wants to be as far removed from these personnel decisions as humanly possible!!! LOL

    Sorry Iggles Fans………

    Simply no way to justify losing DJax/McCoy/Maclin while givin Riley Cooper a Raise/Extension and signing a 31 year old RB and possibly a 33 WR???

    Nope, not buying the logic at all!!!!
    Overpaying for Maxwell will not solve the problem either.

  18. Chips Offense, HaHa looks like a direct copy of the offense Chris Ault ran for years at Nevada,almost forgot Kelly spent the summer of 09 in Reno learning how to run it.

    Kelly 0-1 in the Playoffs, 2-2 in Bowl games only left college cuz he was about to get exposed for cheating.

    Chip the fraud.

  19. enigma2742 says:
    Mar 8, 2015 10:17 PM
    They better get Andre Johnson or draft a wide receiver because Riley Cooper is about to get expose
    =====

    I have to laugh at everyone who thinks Riley Cooper is the now the #1 reciever on the Eagles now that Maclin is gone. I will assume that is because you don’t follow the Eagles and know nothing about them.

    Do yourself a favor and google JORDAN MATTHEWS.

  20. Chiefs are making some good moves here. I don’t know how you can sit there and speculate that Chip will sign Johnson at all, and then hint towards Johnson being a better receiver than Maclin at half the price at age 33-34. Get real Mike. You are starting to sound as crazy as Chip is running the Eagles the last two offseasons. Jackson may have been a bit of a Diva, but how can you sign Sanchez, give Cooper a raise, let Lesean McCoy go for LB coming off ACL surgery, then lose your best WR weapon in Maclin, and still hold a straight face? My guess, we are going to see a WHOLE lot of Oregon Ducks come off the board early to the Eagles. The more I observe Chip, the more I doubt he knows what he’s doing at this level.

  21. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 8, 2015 10:18 PM

    Maclin’s dream was always to be with the Redskins but he wasn’t needed here with two Superior WRs in the lineup in Garcon and Jackson.

    No receiver wants to go to a team without a quarterback.

  22. Isn’t plugging anyone in to his system the exact way that the Super Bowl winning coach Bill B (except for QB) uses? He’s just following the game plan of the best. He Thinks Marriotta is going to be his Brady and he’ll upgrade some key areas like the Pats and the rest will be mid level players. What super star receivers do the Pats have? Gronk plays TE. You get a good QB, a good o line, one above average offensive weapon. You get good LBs, good D Tackles, and good Safety and corner may and you can spend light everywhere else. U’m not saying he is as good as BB, I am just saying he is following that plan.

    ——————————————————————————-
    Difference is BB got his franchise QB in the 6th rd and didn’t trade away useful 1st rd picks in back to back years to acquire one. Where folks in Philly are getting this “Chip’s System can make anyone a Star” garbage from,is beyond me. That Offense was NOT effective last year. Take away the points scored by the Special Teams and this is a sub 500 team. Maclin was the only WR on that team who came close to getting separation. Now he’s gone and people think some rookie QB that Chip coached three years ago,is the answer. Unbelievable.

  23. This is going swimmingly for super genius Chip. Make all the Belichick comparisons you want, but he never, ever, ever gets rid of a player who can help his team, and all the players Chip has booted can surely still help his team a lot.

  24. Fans always want instant gratification.

    Chip tried to resign Mac but the cost is too high.

    The Eagles tried to win championships based on offense recently with high paid players. It didn’t work.

    I would much rather build a strong def and let chip fit pieces into his system.

    Eagles will probably take a step back this year but only because they will use their drsft to move up to get the qb of the future

    Let me ask this. If chip does keep pick 20, who anyone be bitching if we brought Jalen strong in??

    He will be a beast at about 1/10 the cost.

    Patience , Chip sets values on positons

    If Mac wasn’t on the team, Would you pay him $11 mil a year?

    I wouldn’t. Not a game changer.

  25. Not every receiver can be huge. Maclin is a #1 receiver and they are hard to find, regardless of size.

  26. Kelly definitely sees himself as a Belicheck type. Look at the Super Bowl teams this year. Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman for the pats WR, and Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Ricardo Matthews for the Seahawks. Is there a #1 WR in that group? WR is an overpaid position in the NFL and so is RB. Winning teams are rarely built around those positions. Pats had a cast off at RB, role players at WR, got rid of a fan favorite O-lineman before the season, Signed a big CB that came from the Seahawks, and found pass rushers like Ayers at a low cost. They mixed in the Revis signing too, but there isn’t a CB of that caliber in F.A. this year. They built around role players with a few stars mixed in. The Eagles don’t have a Brady and I really don’t think they make a move for Mariotta. No one knows how this turns out, but you can’t say he isn’t following BB’s gameplan.

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