It's now a little more clear why the Philadelphia Eagles and Jeremy Maclin reportedly aren't close to signing a new contract. According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the two sides are split when it comes to money (surprise).
"Jeremy Maclin wanted around $11 mil a year. Eagles got to $9 mil during season. He won't get to $11 in free agency w/ Randall Cobb ahead."
An average salary of $11 million per year would make Maclin tied for the eighth highest paid player at his position. Arizona Cardinals veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald currently makes $11 million per season. Maclin had a great season in 2014, but $11 million is certainly on the high side.
If the Eagles and Maclin can't agree on a price by the time the new league year begins on Tuesday, March 10, the wide receiver will enter free agency with plenty of suitors. It's already been reported that the Houston Texans are going to make a run at Maclin. Maclin's agent is currently able to enter negotiations with other teams since the NFL's "legal tampering" window opened on Saturday at noon.
Maclin has stated he wants to return to Philadelphia, but $11 million could be a little too rich for Chip Kelly's taste. If Maclin walks, Philadelphia will likely need to address the position in free agency and/or the 2015 NFL Draft.