In what was a blow to both the Philadelphia Eagles franchise and WR Jeremy Maclin, it was revealed on Friday that Maclin has a torn ACL. Maclin, who led the Eagles in receptions, yards and TD receptions last year, was slotted as Philly’s #1 receiver this year. He is considered to be one of the best young receivers in the league; someone who has really good hands yet has the speed to break long gains.
The bad thing for Maclin is he decided to go into this NFL season in the last year of his rookie contract, which was signed in 2009. Back then, he signed a 5-year deal. Yet, going into this year, he thought that it would be better to play the season out rather than negotiate with Philly, since he felt the upside was worth the risk. He thought he was primed to have his best season as a wide receiver, and that he would be paid after the year was up. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case now.
Maclin came into this season with the knowledge that he was going to be the Eagles’ #1 receiver. He also knew that incumbent QB Michael Vick would be battling rookie Matt Barkley for the position, and that he’d be a key component of that decision. Now, Maclin is going to have to watch from the sidelines while DeSean Jackson takes over the #1 WR slot and a number of other receivers try to grab the other starting spot.
As a St. Louis native, it is a real shame to see a good kid like Maclin go down with an injury like this. While playing for Mizzou, we all knew that he had the talent to go in the first round of the NFL draft. Despite that feeling, we were still all shocked and pleased to see him picked as the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Hopefully, he can find a way to get past this setback and still be one of the best receivers in the NFL from 2014 going forward.