Good news and bad news can sometimes be the same. That’s the case right now for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Wide receivers Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are both listed among cover32’s top 10 free agent wide receivers, as we quickly approach the free agent period. Their talents have been recognized, and you’d have to think some teams would jump at the chance to overpay for either of the two guys.
It was the tale of two situations for the duo in 2013 — Cooper had a breakout year with Nick Foles throwing to him, while Maclin was sidelined all season with an ACL injury. One guy’s stock improved, while the other’s dropped.
Cooper had a career year, catching eight touchdown passes and becoming more of a big-play threat than most people thought. Sure, he did have a rough start to the season, but he (and his teammates) seemed to put the issue behind him. He helped lessen the sting of Maclin’s absence, all the while proving his worth to other teams.
Maclin’s situation is intriguing. He’s caught 26 touchdown passes in four seasons, which is pretty crazy considering it took DeSean Jackson until this year (his sixth year) to reach 25. Maclin’s production over the years has been extremely under-appreciated, given the flashiness and big-play ability of Jackson.
While his future in Philadelphia is unclear, Maclin has stated that he wants to remain in Philadelphia. In this offense, there’s no telling the type of numbers he could potentially put up. It’s just my opinion, but I think he could do some serious damage.
Cooper is rated as the ninth best free agent option, while Maclin is the fourth. Be sure to click on the above link to see the other options Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly could consider bringing in.