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There is little doubt Jeremy Maclin is worthy of earning an elite wide receiver's salary once he's healthy. The problem comes in determining his 2014 worth coming off reconstructive knee surgery that knocked him out of 2013.
The Philadelphia Eagles should try to get something done quickly, because they don't want to allow a desperate New York Jets team, which has millions in cap space, to throw exorbitant dollars at Maclin to lure him away.
The good news is he is prepared for a one-year deal to prove he's healthy, as he told CSN Philadelphia's Derrick Gunn:
I understand it could be a possibility that [the ACL tear] may scare some teams off, or a team may want to do a one-year deal as opposed to a long-term contract. That's the game; that's the business. ...
Both sides have had talks. I respect [GM] Howie [Roseman]. I understand this is a business. I understand he has to look out for what's best for the organization, and that's what he's supposed to do. I have all the faith that he's going to do what's best for the organization, whether that's deciding to keep me there or moving in another direction. I'm a realist, I understand that's a possibility.
For a team that wants to give me a one-year deal, that's cool. I'll just go out there and ball out, do the things I think I can do. Hopefully get that type of deal I'm looking for. If a team wants to give me a long-term deal, I'll go out there and still do the same thing.
That works in Philly's favor.