Former Missouri Tigers standout and St. Louis native Jeremy Maclin tore his ACL on Saturday as he was participating in training camp practices with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Last year, Maclin caught 69 passes for 849 yards and 7 touchdowns last year. Jeremy Maclin was in the final year of his contract.
Jeremy Maclin left Mizzou in 2009 after leading the Missouri Tigers to some of the best football they have ever seen in Columbia. He thought he would be a top-10 pick. That didn’t happen. He thought he would get a huge contract with the Eagles, he got 5 years/$15.5 million ($9.5 million guaranteed). Not bad but not a monster contract. Jeremy Maclin didn’t get a contract extension in the offseason from the Eagles and this was his final year of the contract. Then this injury happens to Jeremy Maclin. Jeremy Maclin went onto Twitter to express his thanks and said it was just a “minor setback.”
Appreciate all the love and support twitter fam….sad day but I have setbacks my entire life. Minor setback … http://t.co/DiFGrrmI5D
— Jeremy Maclin (@jmac_18) July 27, 2013
Except it’s not a minor setback in the eyes of NFL teams. He is damaged goods. He had a huge knee injury in 2006 to the same knee he injured on Saturday. Teams are going to be hesitant in making an investment decision with him. So this begs the question:
What are Jeremy Maclin’s options?
I believe this is the end of Maclin’s career with the Eagles. That team is in a rebuilding mode and they aren’t going to make the investment into Maclin. I expect that he will get a good deal to come to either the Kansas City Chiefs or the St. Louis Rams. I think he should look to get a 1 year deal so that if he gets back in the NFL and has a great season, he can get a bigger paycheck. Good luck to Jeremy Maclin and hope for the best in his recovery.