Maclin knows he may have to take 1-year deal
Jeremy Maclin's 202 receptions from 2010-12 ranked 14th among NFL wide receivers. (AP)
For Eagles free-agent-to-be Jeremy Maclin, a one-year deal is a realistic possibility.
And he knows it.
"I understand it could be a possibility that [the ACL tear] may scare some teams off, or a team may want to do a one-year deal as opposed to a long-term contract," Maclin told CSN's Derrick Gunn in an exclusive interview Monday. "That's the game, that's the business."
Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee at the end of July and didn't play a single snap this season.
But he's still regarded as one of the more intriguing free-agent wide receivers because of his speed, hands, first-round pedigree and the production he gave the Eagles from 2009-12 -- an average of 64 catches, 863 yards and six TDs.
"Both sides have had talks," Maclin said about returning to the Eagles. "I respect [GM] Howie [Roseman]. I understand this is a business, I understand he has to look out for what's best for the organization, and that's what he's supposed to do. I have all the faith that he's going to do what's best for the organization, whether that's deciding to keep me there or moving in another direction. I'm a realist, I understand that's a possibility.
"For a team that wants to give me a one-year deal, that's cool, I'll just go out there and ball out, do the things I think I can do. Hopefully get that type of deal I'm looking for. If a team wants to give me a long-term deal, I'll go out there and still do the same thing."
Eric Decker of the Broncos is the class of the free-agent WR market. Maclin fits into the next tier, with wideouts like Hakeem Nicks, Anquan Boldin, James Jones, Golden Tate, Emmanuel Sanders, Riley Cooper and Julian Edelman.