The Eagles trade Jordan Matthews.
And I don’t think that is out of the realm of possibility here. Matthews has been mysteriously absent from OTA’s with injuries that seem minor and linking back to last year. The Eagles have been putting out there that they’re just being overly cautious with Maclin at this point but are they being overly cautious with him because they want to trade him?
Signing Jeremy Maclin wouldn’t hurt the Eagles in any way and if he wants to sign here on a 1 year deal worth $4-5 million I am all for it, but it would pretty much just be giving us an embarrassment of riches and would reduce Maclin’s role in this offense. The last point is the key to this whole thing– Maclin probably has one more contract in him and signing here for a reduced role doesn’t really help him much. If he wants that last pay day, Philadelphia isn’t the place for him.
Let’s say Maclin signs here. He would probably be the starting “slot” receiver even though he’s the second best receiver on the team. Alshon Jeffery would be your “do everything” receiver, while Torrey Smith is taking the top off the defense on the outside. Maclin would be playing second or third fiddle here and for a guy in his situation, and with the competition to be in the slot, I don’t understand why he would come here.
The other teams on his list make sense.
The Bills and Ravens both need a steady, good receiver. Maclin would be able to walk in and have a featured role in those offenses. If he proves he can stay healthy then he is in line for another semi-big contract. Here that just wouldn’t be the case, unless they trade Matthews.
If they trade Matthews, who they’ve shown they don’t want to pay, then that changes the equation.
That allows Maclin to roam the slot, without the threat of Matthews, and doesn’t force you to rely on Nelson Agholor if you wanted to move on from Matthews in the mean time.
But, before we get too ahead of ourselves here, let’s see if the Eagles even get a visit after the Bills and Ravens.