Monday, August 3, 2009

The Eagles finally sign Jeremy Maclin

On a day that was filled with bad news for the Eagles, it was nice to have something good to end the day with: the Eagles have finally signed first round pick Jeremy Maclin. Maclin, who was the 19th pick in the 2009 draft, agreed to a five year contract with the Birds, a deal that guarantees him 9.5 million dollars and has a total value of 15.5 million.

The deal ends Maclin's 9 day holdout just in time. If Maclin missed too much more of camp, there was little chance he was going to have any impact on the Eagles this season. The Eagle offense is complicated for receivers and takes years to master, so Maclin was already facing an uphill battle to get substantial playing time. With the holdout, Maclin may see very little time at all this season, especially considering he has DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis and possibly Reggie Brown ahead of him on the depth chart.

With Maclin's signing, the Eagles are all accounted for at Training Camp. All except Stewart Bradley, of course. It was a good thing Maclin signed when he did because with the loss of Bradley, the Eagles offense is going to need to step it up this season. Having a burner like Maclin out there will be a big boost to the Birds passing game. Let's see how quickly he can work his way into some real playing time.

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