Maclin arrives for Eagles camp

Team, WR agree on 5-year deal
August 4, 2009 3:44:26 PM PDT
Action News was there as Jeremy Maclin, the new Eagles wide receiver who has been a no-show at camp, landed at Philadelphia International Airport. "I"m happy, man. I'm ready to get things rolling," he told Action News upon his arrival. "I'm excited to get in camp today."

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Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to terms on a five-year contract late Monday night, ending the first-round pick's holdout.

Financial terms weren't released.

The Eagles traded up two spots to select Maclin with the 19th pick in the NFL draft. Maclin caught 102 passes for 1,260 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore at Missouri last season.

Maclin has been missing since the Eagles opened camp last Sunday.

When asked if he was worried about the time he missed, Maclin took a deep breath.

"It is what it is, you know? Unfortunately I couldn't be there. You can't look back at the past. You get there, learn things and move forward," said Maclin.

When it comes to how his holdout would be viewed by fans, Maclin said he had to make sure everything was done right.

"This could possibly be my last contract, so you want to make sure you do it right. That's how you've got to look at it. The Eagles and my agent did a good job, and it came to a lot of compromises, and that's why I am where I am right now."

At a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Eagles Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said it was his responsibility to get Maclin up to speed.

"We've got one of the very best receiver coaches in this league and he takes that responsibility seriously as well. 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 so we'll see how quickly he can get himself ready."

He joins a deep receiving corps that includes DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Jason Avant, Reggie Brown and Hank Baskett.

Maclin caught 80 passes for 1,055 yards and nine TDs his freshman year. He also ran the ball quite a bit, finishing with 91 carries for 668 yards and six TDs on the ground. Maclin returned three punts and two kickoffs for scores in his two seasons.

Maclin was the first receiver selected by the Eagles in the first round since they took Freddie Mitchell in 2001 at No. 25. Mitchell was a bust in Philadelphia.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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