Philadelphia Eagles star wideout Jeremy Maclin has fired agent Ben Dogra as he moves forward in his chase for a long-term and pricey extension with the team.
In the middle of a contract season, the veteran Macklin has picked the right time to enjoy a career year. Through 11 games, the six season veteran has snared 63 catches for 980 yards and nine touchdowns. That pace puts the 26-year-old Maclin well ahead course to top the career best numbers of 70 catches and 10 touchdowns he amassed during the 2010 season
Those are numbers that would seemingly make all apart of Eagles Nation happy. All, apparently, except fellow receiver Riley Cooper. Given Maclin’s ascension has resulted in less snaps for Riley, and apparently that doesn’t sit too well with the ever-controversial wideout.
Over the Eagles’ first 11 games, Cooper played 91 percent of the team’s snaps, but has seen that shrink to 76 percent over the last six. During the team’s 43-24 win over Tennessee, he managed to participate on just 67 percent of the snaps.
“Maclin’s trying to get a contract so he’s probably not going to try and come out of the game,” Cooper recently told reporters. “We want to sub as much as we can. It doesn’t matter who it is. Hopefully, Maclin gets this thing done and he’ll probably be subbing just as much. We want guys out there every four plays.”
Truth is, despite signing a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the Eagles last February, Cooper’s role with the team has seemingly been on decline almost from Day 1. This season, he is third on the team with 39 catches for 425 yards and one touchdown. Cooper’s per-catch average has also tumbled from 17.8 last year to 10.9 this season.
“I like blocking,” he said of his clearly changing role. I’m big. I should like blocking. I don’t mind it. Those are the type of people we want here. You don’t get all the glory, you don’t have the numbers, you don’t have the stats, you don’t have the touchdowns, but we’re 8-3, hopefully, a Super Bowl team.”
Riley Cooper might want to remind himself of those very things when the subject of Jeremy Maclin again comes up.
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You neglected to mention that his agent had just been released by his long employer, CAA, the week prior. Maclin chose to stay with CAA representing him going forward.