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Will the Philadelphia Eagles live to regret losing Jeremy Maclin?

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Chip Kelly is not afraid to go against the grain.

His first offseason in complete control of the Philadelphia Eagles front office has proved that. But while many experts praised his shock move to offload star running back LeSean McCoy for a linebacker coming off a serious knee injury, some of his more recent deals have raised more troubling concerns.

Free agency does not open until tomorrow, yet the Eagles have been one of the most active teams in the market.

This was not expected, but is premeditated.

Everything Chip has done, has been with a view to this offseason free agency period. The first step was wrestling control of personnel decisions. Check.

With that, he's looking to shape his revolutionary offense in his image. As mentioned, the McCoy deal makes sense. His offense, and now his roster.

It's no use having $12m tied up at a position that Chip and the rest of the NFL does not value that highly any more.

Super Bowl winning teams have largely been buttressed by running back committees in recent seasons - just look at this year's New England Patriots.

That means bringing in Frank Gore at a fraction of the cost is a smart move. Gore has plenty of tread on his tires, which means he will not expect to be the feature back like McCoy.

So rather than feeding an RB 1 and complimenting him with Sproles, Kelly now has the flexibility to get Sproles and Chris Polk more involved.

Polk is a very north-south runner, like Gore, and he flashed got top end speed last season.

Kelly has made the calculation that many in the league have done, that a top tier offensive line is the most important ingredient to a dominant running game. The Eagles have that, injury permitting, so their ground game should not suffer from the subtraction of one of the NFL's top backs.

However, it's in the passing game that the Eagles suddenly look vulnerable.

Nobody wants Riley Cooper as a number one receiver. But with Jeremy Maclin heading to the Chiefs, that's what he looks like right now.

Cooper's five-year, $25m deal looks a little off after his below-par campaign last year. Jordan Matthews had some big games in his rookie season, and fellow draft pick Josh Huff has potential, if still raw.

Absent of Maclin, that's an under-par receiving group though. The WR free agency pool suddenly looks pretty thin too, after the likes of Randall Cobb and Maclin inked deals.

Options could now include Torrey Smith, Harry Douglas, Michael Crabtree and Hakeem Nicks. Reggie Wayne may be worth a look after he was cut by the Colts.

Percy Harvin and Andre Johnson could available too, but if the Eagles didn't want to pay Maclin why would they pay someone like Harvin?

None of these combine Maclin's talent level, production and age though, and after losing DeSean Jackson the previous season, it doesn't bode well for Nick Foles - or whoever is under center next season.

Foles regressed in 2014 and battled injury, but whether it's him, newly re-signed Mark Sanchez or Marcus Mariota, the Eagles QB will be working with fewer elite options.

If the Eagles didn't want to match Maclin's reported $11m-a-year offer then that's fair enough - there's no way he deserves more money than Cobb got from Green Bay. But at this stage it's very difficult to see how the Eagles, even in Kelly's 'plug and play' system, can improve on last season with an inferior offensive roster.

These cap saving moves made sense at running back, but to trim down at wide receiver too is cutting it fine, especially with uncertainly at quarterback.

Chip's first offseason at the helm has got off to a wild start, and he still has about $45m in cap space with Byron Maxwell on the way to strengthen a ropey secondary.

Defensive improvement on last year's sorry showing is key (even if they overpaid for a talented, but not elite, corner), but losing important offensive contributors is just as much of a concern for Eagles' fans now.

The Frank Gore plus Kiko Alonso and cap space deal for McCoy is one that is relatively easy to get on board with. But that cap space needed to go to Maclin.

Without him, the Eagles vaunted offense could be in trouble. Kelly is an offensive guru, many describe him a 'genius'.

What he's not though, is a miracle worker.

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