Eagles Interested in Reunion With Wideout Jeremy Maclin
The Philadelphia Eagles are eyeing a reunion with their former wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was recently cut by the Kansas City Chiefs in a move to save $10 million in salary cap room.
According to Tim McManus of ESPN, the Eagles are interested in signing Maclin, who is familiar with current Philadelphia head coach Doug Pederson's style of coaching.
Maclin worked with Peterson when the latter was an assistant for five years with the Eagles and offensive coordinator in Kansas City
In his last season with the Eagles, Maclin made it to the Pro Bowl in 2014 after recording 1,318 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions, one year after missing the 2013 season with a torn ACL.
In 2015, the Eagles wanted to keep Maclin but the Chiefs beat them to the punch, signing the wide receiver to a five-year, $55 million deal
In his first year with the Chiefs, Maclin was impressive, posting 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. However, he was hampered by injuries in his second year, tallying just 44 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns, per ESPN stats.
Maclin met with the Buffalo Bills, where he can join former Eagles teammate LeSean McCoy. McCoy has openly called on the Bills to sign Maclin, per ESPN.com. Maclin is expected to visit the Baltimore Ravens later in the week.
The Eagles' salary cap will not allow them to sign Maclin as they only have around $5 million room. The Bills, for their part, have $11.6 million to spend.
If ever he joins the Eagles, the 28-year-old Maclin will be vying for snaps against Torrey Smith, Alshon Jeffery, Jordan Matthews and rookies Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson. The Bills are still missing top receiver Sammy Watkins, who underwent foot surgery in January, while rookie receiver Zay Jones has been held out of practices the past two weeks with a knee injury.
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