Schefter reports that the contract the Chiefs gave to Maclin to lure him to Kansas City is worth $11 million per year. No word on the guaranteed money, yet. That $11 million figure is more than what Randall Cobb recently re-signed with the Packers for at $10 million.
An average salary of $11 million per year makes Maclin tied for the eighth highest paid player at his position. For perspective, Arizona Cardinals veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald currently makes $11 million per season.
The Eagles obviously felt $11 million was too much. Reports indicated that Philadelphia wanted to bring Maclin back at a figure closer to $9 million per year. ESPN's Andrew Brandt reports the Eagles offered him just under $10 million. The two sides obviously couldn't agree so Maclin found a team that made it work for him.
The Eagles had the cap space to pay Maclin what he wanted, but they obviously decided the asking price was a little too high. Kansas City was incredibly desperate for a wide receiver; they went the whole 2014 season without having a single one of their roster even score a touchdown pass. The fact that Maclin has a connection with Andy Reid sure didn't hurt the Chiefs' chances, either.
With Maclin gone, the Eagles are now dangerously thin at wide receiver. They may have not wanted to pay him what he wanted but they'll have to figure out how to address the position moving forward.