Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin is aware of the fact that he may have to agree to a one-year deal this offseason with the hope of securing a multi-year contract afterwards.
“I’m a realist, so I understand that that’s a possibility,” Maclin said, via Les Bowen Philadelphia Inquirer.
Bowen adds that Maclin is unlikely to “break the bank” during free agency as he is coming off an ACL tear that cost him the entire season.
Maclin, 25, will be interesting free agent to watch given that he clearly has ability, despite the obvious concerns that will surround him. His injury will almost certainly limit his offers, which means he could be a steal of signing depending on how he recovers from knee surgery.
Maclin has said that he hopes to be back in Philadelphia next season, so I would have to think that, all things being equal, there is a good shot of him re-signing with the Eagles.
We have Maclin currently listed as the No. 40 player in our Top 50 Free Agents list.
According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eagles DE Trent Cole is “destined to be jettisoned” this offseason.
Cole, 31, will make $5 million for the 2014 season and no longer has any guaranteed money remaining on his contract. The Eagles have him under team control through the 2017 season his salaries will sore to $10 million in the final three years of his deal.
There is at least a chance that Cole could be back with Philadelphia seeing as he tallied 55 tackles, eight sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2013. Pro Football Focus even rated him as the No. 7 3-4 outside linebacker in the league.
Cole offers versatility as he had played well as a defensive end in 4-3 as well, so if he ends up being available, I’m sure there will be plenty of interest from NFL teams.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer points out that CB Cary Williams‘ 2014 salary of $4.75 million becomes fully guaranteed on March 16.
The Eagles will have the option to pick up his salary, but there is no guarantee that Williams will be back for another year.
Williams, 29, was rated as the No. 92 cornerback in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. He finished the year with 56 tackles, three interceptions and a fumble recovery.
The Eagles don’t have an obvious replacement for him, so there is at least a chance they elect to keep him at that price, but certainly no guarantees.
Here’s some more notes regarding the Eagles:
- Jeff McLane expects K Alex Henery to have competition in training camp.
- The Eagles may not be willing to meet the asking price of free agent safeties Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward.