Eagles Free Agency 2014: Jeremy Maclin Desires One-Year Deal, Eagles Want Multi-Year Contract

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The Eagles and Jeremy Maclin are reportedly split in negotiations for a new contract.

According to a report from Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Eagles and Jeremy Maclin have an issue to work out before agreeing to a new contract. The problem here is that Jeremy Maclin's camp wants a short-year deal, while the Eagles desire a multi-year contract.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that the Maclin and the Eagles are still talking, but a deal isn't close yet. I speculated that the length of the contract could be the potential holdup:

It's possible that Maclin wants to sign a short, one-year deal which ideally would allow him to put up big numbers in 2014 so he can hit free agency hard after the season. The Eagles could have also have interest in that type of deal because it mitigates risk in the short-term, but at the same time, it prevents the Eagles from locking up Maclin for longer at a cheaper rate.

Funny enough, this is exactly what PFT is reporting. Maclin reportedly wants to bank in on a contract year while the Eagles want to ensure more long-term control of the talented receiver. PFT details what the Eagles want with Maclin:

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.

As I noted earlier today, many seem to be optimistic Maclin and the Eagles can work out a new deal. There's still plenty of time for negotiations to be made with 12 days remaining before the start of free agency.

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