The Eagles and Jeremy Maclin agreed to a one-year deal on Friday to keep the former first-round pick in Philadelphia.
Maclin, who missed all of last season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, reached a deal that will pay him $5.5 million in 2014, with incentives that could bring the deal to $6 million, and $3.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source.The deal is a win-win for both sides -- it allows the Eagles to keep Maclin at a reduced cost than he might have hit had he had a healthy season, but also gives Maclin to potentially hit the open market in 2015.
“I’m excited to see Jeremy play in our offense,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said in a statement. “You saw the potential of that in the spring and summer but obviously he didn’t get an opportunity last year. However, what was great to see was how he was literally here every single day since being injured. You can see he has a passion for the game of football. When he was on the field last spring and summer, you saw his intelligence, you saw his great route-running ability and you saw how tough of a one-on-one match-up he could be.”
Maclin, who will turn 26 in May, was expected to be a major part of the offense last season before the injury. He led the Eagles in 2012 with 69 receptions, 857 yards receiving and seven touchdowns. Although he has not yet a 1,000-yard season, he is one of eight receivers in NFL history to record at least 55 catches and 750 yards in his first four seasons.