24 hours ago, it appeared like a forgone conclusion that the Eagles were going to resign both Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. Instead, Coopers’ five-year deal was completed and formally presented to the media in less than 24 hours, while there appear to be some hold-ups in getting a new deal for Maclin completed.
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is reporting that the two sides disagree on the length of a potential extension.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Maclin wants a one-year deal. He hopes to prove in that one year that he has fully recovered from a torn ACL that wiped out what would have been his contract year in Philly.
The Eagles wants a multi-year deal. We’re told that it wouldn’t be, in essence, a one-year “prove it” deal, with a significant option bonus due in 2015. Instead, it would be a legitimate multi-year contract.
Maclin, who led the team in receiving yards in both 2011 and 2012, would have no motivation to sign a longterm extension with the Eagles right now. Besides the fact that he would be leaving potential money on the table, with the news of Cooper’s extension, and the fact that DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, and Zach Ertz are all under contract for the foreseeable future, something would have to give for Maclin to ever be more than a second of third option. Seeing how he fits and Chip Kelly’s system in a real game, and addressing whether he is getting enough passes thrown his way in a crowded receiving core, are two of the many reasons that signing even a two or three year deal doesn’t make sense for Maclin now.
The Eagles have bought themselves leverage with the re-signing of Cooper, because Maclin has turned into a luxury at this point. Certainly a player who is capable of being a top-15 receiver in the league, can stretch the field, and is a good locker-room presence, is someone that the Eagles would like to bring back. But given the Cooper signing, the urgency to get a deal done of Maclin’s terms prior to March 11th (when Maclin becomes a free-agent), might not be as high as now that the Eagles have Cooper locked up.