The ink barely is dry on the contract extensions Riley Cooper, Jason Kelce and Jason Peters signed with the Philadelphia Eagles this week. Next up could be Jeremy Maclin, who missed all of last season while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. The two sides have been talking, but at this time it appears that the length of the contract is a sticking point.
"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," wrote Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
"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."
It would be a surprise if Maclin hits the free-agent market March 11 and is unable to secure a solid one-year deal from at least a couple of teams. That could include the Kansas City Chiefs -- where Maclin's former coach, Andy Reid, is running the show -- or any number of teams in need of a potential impact wideout.
If the two sides don't work out an agreement soon, we may see things heat up March 8, when Maclin will officially be allowed to speak with other teams.