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Eagles Attempt to Re-Acquire Maclin Doesn’t Bode Well for Matthews

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The Baltimore Ravens successfully lured free agent receiver Jeremy Maclin to their nest. However, the former Chief was close to rejoining his old one.

Despite signing two accomplished veteran wideouts in Torrey Smith and Alshon Jeffrey, along with drafting Mack Hollins and Shelton Gibson, the Eagles already made great strides to improve at wide receiver. Adding Maclin would already give them five new receivers. Add-in Nelson Agholor and Jordan Matthews and the Eagles would have an already crowded receiving core.

So why add Jeremy Maclin?

Well, there is two reasons why the Eagles would have likely preferred Maclin over say, Jordan Matthews.

For one, Maclin has one of the most reliable set of hands in the league. Matthews, on the other hand, is the polar opposite. Matthews is now the Eagles de facto slot receiver and usually that’s reserved for someone with a reliable set of phalanges. The former Eagle would have thrived in that role.

It’s possible the Eagles may not feel the same way about Jordan Matthews. Barring a miracle, I doubt Matthews will become the reincarnation of Wes Welker and catch over a hundred passes this season.

Secondly, and more importantly, the Eagles don’t want to pay Jordan Matthews long-term. A point of comparison for Matthews on a contract is Miami’s Kenny Stills. Matthews will be one year older than Stills when he hits the open market, and has had a better pro career so far.

Stills got a four-year contract worth $32 million. Matthews could top that if he can match his 2015 or 2014 numbers.

So instead of overpaying for Jordan Matthews, the Eagles possibly felt that they could pay Jeremy Maclin less long-term (who is likely a better option), and groom Agholor, Hollins, and Gibson to replace the veterans that top the receiver depth chart.

That, or they simply just want every good wide receiver available.

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