Dec 9, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) and wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Maclin To St. Louis?


Dec 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster (23) breaks up a pass intended for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) in the end zone during the game at Metlife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

This offseason for the Rams is already proving to be an exciting one for the St. Louis Rams. With the chance that the Rams could make yet another blockbuster trade with the number two overall pick, excitement is in the building.

What would bring even more excitement however, is a big name free agent, and although the Rams don’t have a lot of cap space, by making a few roster moves the Rams could have enough space to make a “splash” so to speak, in free agency.

One name that has been floating around is Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Maclin is coming off an ACL injury that he suffered in training camp last season and may hit the free agent market.

On one of our partner sites on the Fansided network, insidetheiggles, they have predicted that Maclin will hit the free agent market and sign elsewhere. Dave Searles from insidetheiggles had this to say about Maclin:

 

Maclin has had an interesting tenure after the Eagles made him the 19th overall selection of the 2009 NFL Draft. While he led Eagles receivers with 248 receptions over his first three seasons, he missed the entire 2013 season with an ACL injury and has had various health issues looming over him over majority of his collegiate and pro career. While supremely talented when healthy, he failed to show the return ability that made him so dangerous at Mizzou or the physicality that free-agent-to-be Riley Cooper had.

While Eagle fans have expressed passionate interest in Maclin returning to Philly, I believe a fresh start is best for him. It’s a common feeling that the Eagles will offer a one-year, prove-it contract. It wouldn’t shock me if another team will see a young, former first round pick and take a chance on a multi-year contract with low guarantees, possibly Maclin’s own hometown St. Louis Rams. Maclin already suffered an season-ending injury in a contract year, and I don’t think he’ll put himself in that position again if it can be avoided.

 

It looks like Maclin could hit the free agency market, and according to the article, Maclin to the Rams could make sense. Not to mention he could come at the right price for the Rams by coming off of the injury. Adding Maclin would give the Rams invaluable experience at wide receiver, and if he fully recovers, he could still have number one receiver like talent.

With today’s advance in medicine, coming off of ACL injuries aren’t as uncommon as they used to be, sure they are still difficult, but it’ s not so much a career ending injury like it was. Come backs like Adrian Peterson are very rare, but coming back and getting back to the level the player was before the injury is possible.

Maclin had 857 yards receiving in 2012 along with seven touchdowns. Maclin was set to break out in 2013, but due to the injury, he was unable to do so. Adding Maclin may be risky, but if it meant bringing in a number one receiver for quarterback Sam Bradford, it may be worth it.

With the addition of Maclin, it would obviously mean the end of Brian Quick, Chris Givens, or Austin Pettis, but when you have the opportunity to completely upgrade the receiving corps, an area in which the Rams have struggled so much over the past decade, letting a guy like Pettis go, to upgrade at the position, would make sense.

Signing Maclin may be a risk with his injury background, but opportunities of adding a talent such as Maclin for a somewhat discounted price don’t come along very often, and it may be a risk that the Rams want to take.

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  • Gary Stewart

    wish you had found a way to give us a general idea as to the price range of this wr, without that info i find it difficult to speculate therefore i have no idea.

    • Blaine Grisak

      It certainly won’t be mike wallace type money Id put it between the 4-6million a year range if I had to guess, Maybe a little more, but not much

      • Gary Stewart

        2 years 9 mil might work cutting harvey dahl could get us there the rams may be able to only sign one FA, the one they sign a safety, a wr, maybe an

        o lineman, or an olb although the rams may get their olb in the draft then we will know what direction we feel they should go although as you know with snead and fish who really knows

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    Personally I’m a bit skeptical on signing Free Agent WR with long injury histories (Hakeem Nicks and Jeremy Maclin) specially what happened to Steve Smith with the Rams. I might find signing Anquan Boldin (who can still produce numbers, very physical and durable despite his advance age) for 1 or 2 years a much better proposition. He can mentor the current crop of receivers and can give Sam a steady receiver.

    • Blaine Grisak

      I get your concern. I think there are more positives with Maclin who was on the verge of breaking out this year and becoming a potential star at age 26, than signing Boldin. Im also not sure if the the 49ers will let Boldin go as he has produced well there. Both guys will be able to teach the younger guys a few tricks. We’ll find out more when free agent gets closer, but for now, Im on the Maclin bandwagon

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        The 49ers won’t be able to keep Boldin because they will likely start re-signing key players like Colin Kaepernick, Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, and Aldon Smith who will become free agents by 2015 and I know the 49ers will surely lock up Kaep. They will likely draft his replacement.