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.