One day after Antonio Brown was named to the All-AFC team, the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver position is a perfect place to start looking at for 2014. While Brown is set to return, there are a ton of questions that must be answered.NFL snaps are rookie Markus Wheaton and second-year wide out Derek Moye. While both have potential, they are unproven, especially in an offense that must be successful for the Steelers to win.
At this point, with both Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery unrestricted free agents, the team has some interesting decisions ahead and must re-sign one of them. With Cotchery being a veteran leader and a solid Red Zone threat, he would seem to be the leading target early in the free agency period. Yes, the team would like to sign Sanders, but with their salary cap situation, he will likely be out of their price range.
While it would not be a surprise to see the Steelers look at a big wide receiver early in the draft, there is an interesting wide out that could fit into their budget as a free agent, Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin. Maclin, appeared to be poised for a break-out 2013 campaign before tearing his ACL in July.
The former first-round selection has stated he understands that he may have to take a one-year deal for less money to prove his health, in hopes of securing a large payday after proving he is healthy. Sure, he may come with some risks because of the knee, but he could be a perfect compliment to Brown, Cotchery and Wheaton, while the tank develops a draft choice.
Prior to the injury, Maclin recorded 857 yards receiving and seven touchdowns for the Eagles in 2012. For his career, the 25 -year old receiver has 257 receptions for 3,442 yards and 26 touchdowns.
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