Eagles re-sign Jeremy Maclin to one-year deal

Eagles re-sign Jeremy Maclin to one-year deal

February 28, 2014, 3:45 pm
Share This Post

Jeremy Maclin averaged 64 catches for 863 yards and 6.5 touchdowns from 2009-12. (USA Today Images)


2009: 56 rec, 773 yds, 4 TD

2010: 70 rec, 964 yds, 10 TD

2011: 63 rec, 859 yds, 5 TD

2012: 69 rec, 857 yds, 7 TD

2013: Missed entire season with torn ACL

The Eagles re-signed their fourth veteran in three days Friday, inking wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a one-year contract.

Maclin, who missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL, caught 258 passes for 3,453 yards and 26 touchdowns from 2009 through 2012.

According to a league source, the deal is worth $5.5 million, with performance incentives that could raise the total value to $6 million. Of the $5.5 million, $3.5 million is guaranteed.

So far this week, the Eagles have re-signed four key members of their offense -- offensive linemen Jason Peters and Jason Kelce and wide receivers Riley Cooper and Maclin. Curiously, all but Cooper missed all or most of either the entire 2012 or 2013 season.

It was clear from the point Maclin got hurt that his value would be limited on the free-agent market because of his injury, but both sides quickly agreed that a one-year deal would allow Maclin to prove he’s healthy again and would allow the Eagles to keep their former first-round draft pick at a modest price with little risk.

“I’m excited to see Jeremy play in our offense,” Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said. “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 matchup he could be.”

Maclin said all along he’d be happy to return to the Eagles on a one-year, prove-it contract.

“They want me here, and I want to be here, so I don’t think we’ll have any problems getting something done,” he said late in the season.

Maclin, still only 25, is one of only nine players in NFL history with at least 55 catches for at least 750 yards in each of his first four seasons.

He said Friday his rehab is going great and he expects to be 100 percent for training camp in late July.

"I'm running, I'm cutting, I'm lifting," he said. "I'm happy with where I am."

Maclin, the Eagles' first-round pick out of Missouri in 2009, got hurt during the first few days of training camp at the NovaCare Complex.

“Jeremy is an ideal player for our scheme with his combination of size, speed, strength and route-running ability, in addition to his dynamic playmaking talent,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said.

“We’re happy to see him rehabbing well and to get him under contract for the 2014 season.”