Soooo maybe the Philadelphia Eagles were in the mix for Jeremy Maclin after all? ESPN’s Josina Anderson is reporting Maclin’s decision came down to the Baltimore Ravens versus the Eagles, and not the Ravens versus the Bills despite the fact Maclin visited Buffalo last week.
It was first reported last week the Eagles had interest in Maclin, but head coach Doug Pederson firmly shot down those rumors during a pre-practice press conference.
Reporter: Do you have any interest in signing Jeremy Maclin?
Pederson: At this time, no.
Interesting to see that the Eagles are still interested in adding wide receiver help despite signing Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith along with drafting both Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson.
It’s worth noting Jordan Matthews is on the last year of his contract and has been mentioned in trade rumors. Not to mention he’s curiously missed several weeks of practice due to a “precautionary” knee injury. Maybe the Eagles’ interest in Maclin had to do something with moving on from JMatt. Or perhaps the Eagles were simply just interested in a good player who used to play in Philly. Or maybe ESPN’s report was just wrong.
It’s all moot now. Maclin agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Ravens on Monday afternoon. He won’t be returning to the Eagles.
But here’s another thought: if the Eagles had interest in a veteran free agent wide receiver like Maclin, would they also be in contact with Eric Decker? Something to keep an eye on moving forward.
UPDATE: Pro Football Talk is also reporting the Eagles’ interest in Maclin.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Eagles indeed attempted to reunite with Maclin, who played for the team from 2009 through 2014. The Eagles have very high regard for Maclin, and they wanted to make an effort to secure his services.
Maclin ultimately decided that the fit was better for him in Baltimore, possibly because he perceives a better chance to earn significant playing time with the Ravens. In Philadelphia, the Eagles have added Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith via free agency. The Ravens lost Steve Smith to retirement, made no major moves in free agency, and drafted no receivers.
UPDATE #2: More details from Mike Garafolo.
If Maclin was going back and forth on Ravens/Eagles (@JosinaAnderson report), seems it was the draw of returning to Philly over all else.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) June 12, 2017