According to a team source, the Philadelphia Eagles are not shopping wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Despite the fact that Maclin is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and so far, he hasn’t been the star we have hoped for him to be, the Eagles still want to hold on to the 24-year old wide receiver.
There has been many rumors that Maclin would be leaving Philadelphia. One of the major possibilities was Maclin going to the Colts. This was mainly because of Jim Irsay’s tweet, stating: “Colt Fans, hint – it’s a Wide Receiver!” The Colts and Eagles have also made a few minor deals before and the Colts have interest in adding a wide receiver to their roster.
Maclin said, “No. I understand. It’s football. It’s a business. Just like I understand there are risks. I’ve seen them guys who hold out hurt themselves by doing that. That’s why I know, when the time is right to talk contract, the time is right.”
Maclin has had an up and down career so far. In 2009, Maclin had 56 receptions for 773 yards. In 2010, he had 70 receptions for 964 yards. In 2011, Jeremy had 63 receptions for 859 yards. And last year, he had 69 receptions for 857 yards.
Although Maclin does put up solid stats, he just hasn’t been as good and as consistent as the Eagles need him to be. But he does believe he can be an elite receiver.
Maclin said, “I’ve got to become a better player. Just in general. I have all the faith in the world that I can be an elite receiver in this league. I feel like I possess the skill set to do so. This year everything certainly kind of didn’t work out, with everything we had going on with personnel. It was just hard to kind get into a jell and get into a rhythm.”
Maclin needs to step up this year to have a bright future and the Eagles need him to step up big time as well for them to have a successful 2013 season.