Whoa. So it turns out that Jeremy Maclin won't be returning to the Philadelphia Eagles after all. According to ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen, Maclin will sign with the Kansas City Chiefs when 2015 NFL free agency begins on Tuesday, March 10. This move obviously reunites Maclin with former Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
This news comes as somewhat of a surprise. Rumors emerged on Sunday evening that the Eagles would likely be re-signing Maclin. Instead, he's gone.
The terms of the deal are not yet known. The Chiefs were in desperate need of a wide receiver so they likely went real hard after Maclin.
Reports from Saturday evening indicated that the Eagles wanted to keep Maclin at $9 million while the impending free agent pass catcher wanted $11 million. It's now obvious the two sides couldn't work something out. The Eagles tried to re-sign Maclin to a long-term extension last offseason but the wide receiver opted on a one-year deal instead. He put up career-best numbers in Chip Kelly's offense in 2014.
With Maclin leaving, the Eagles are now dangerously thin at the wide receiver position. Current Eagles receivers under contract that spent time on the 2014 roster include: Riley Cooper, Jordan Matthews, and Josh Huff. Philadelphia has a big need at wide receiver now and there aren't a lot of great options on the free agent market.
It'll be interesting to see how the Eagles plan to move forward.