While 2013 poses as the beginning of the Chip Kelly era for the Eagles, 2013 means even more for Jeremy Maclin. Maclin, entering his fifth season in the NFL,
I’m anxious. I’m ready for the season to start. This is a big year for me personally, with my contract coming up. I’m looking forward to it. I think I can only get better. So I think it’ll be good for me to go out there and just play ball and let it take care of itself. I’m going to go out there and play ball. Obviously, this is the organization that drafted me. I don’t want to leave, but at the end of the day, that’s going to come up when it’s time for it. All I can do is play ball and play it to the best of my ability.
While Maclin, who caught seven touchdowns in 2012, has been more productive than DeSean Jackson over the past two seasons, it is still very possible that the Eagles let Maclin walk after 2013 if the offense doesn’t perform the way Chip Kelly hopes. DeSean Jackson is locked up long-term, and if the Eagles decide they want to shake up the receiving corps after 2013, letting Maclin go may be the best way to do so.