Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Maclin Finally Signs and the Eagles Sign a Linebacker

The Eagles' first round draft choice, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, finally signed today after a nine day contract holdout. The kid is a rookie, and he really needs every minute of training camp. I am concerned that he will not be able to make up this time when he really needed to be at camp learning Andy Reid's complicated offensive scheme. However, better late than never, as they say. He signed a five-year, $15.5 million deal.

"We'll see what his retention was from the minicamps and it's my responsibility to get him ready and we've got one of the very best receiver coaches in this league and he takes that responsibility seriously as well," said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg. "So, we'll see what happens here and he's got a lot of catching up to do. However, he's a real sharp guy, he's a natural football player and se we'll see how quickly he can get himself ready."

Time will tell.

On another note, the Eagles also signed linebacker Matt Wilhelm today. Wilhelm, who was a two-year starter at San Diego, had been cut by the Chargers. I saw Wilhelm play college ball, as he played here at Ohio State, and he was a quick, hard-hitting linebacker then. Let's see how he does in the Eagles' system. Once again, time will tell.

At least the Eagles are trying to make the best of the loss of Stewart Bradley by trying to fill his spot with another competent middle linebacker.

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