New York Jets’ Potential Free Agent: WR Jeremy Maclin

By Alan Schechter

Dec 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach

Andy Reid

talks with wide receiver

Jeremy Maclin

(18) during the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. Th Redskins defeated the Eagles, 27-20. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

While the off-season moves along, we start to think about weapons that would be good for the Jets’ offense. Heck, we can’t sit around and do nothing, so why not do the Jets’ jobs for them. If we don’t get in the game, there will be no players left.

We know that the Jets’ offense needs many weapons. A guy that would be an excellent addition, if he is healthy, is Jeremy Maclin.

For starters, he has a connection with Marty Mornhinweg. Having played in Philadelphia since he came into the league, he knows how Marty operates. Not that Marty would show favoritism or anything like that, but it is comforting to have players that already know how you work. Maclin, in that respect, would fit right in.

Over his last three seasons, Jeremy Maclin has posted 22 touchdowns, and no season with less than 850 receiving yards. His career is most definitely on the upswing. With a career average yards per catch of 13.4, he has been an excellent possession receiver. But, with receptions of 50 + yards each year, he can get deep as well.

Maclin is only 25 years old. He doesn’t have a lot of mileage on him. The mileage has also been limited by the fact that he didn’t play at all in 2013 due to a torn ACL. That fact should also prevent him from a major payday at this point. I’m not saying that he will sign for the same of LESS money, but with no stats in 2013, he is going to have to be willing to play for around the price he played for in 2013, $2.875 million.

Jeremy did tear his ACL during this past preseason. Before he is even considered as worthy of being signed, he will have to present as healthy. Having a healthy pair of legs is important for a wide receiver. We have seen throughout the years how it can take a while to come back from an ACL. He MUST be healthy before an investment is even considered.

But if he is healthy, there are a lot of great reasons to sign Jeremy Maclin. He has ability and won’t commmand a ton of money. It’s worth it John, give him a call.