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Eagles & Jeremy Maclin Aren’t “Significantly Far Apart” In Contract Talks

According to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles and free agent WR Jeremy Maclin aren’t “significantly far apart” in contract negotiations.

McLane adds that there is mutual interest between the two parties in bringing Maclin, but the Eagles would prefer to pay him less than the $12.8 million it would cost them to use their franchise tag.

In the end, McLane can see Maclin securing a contract that will pay him close to $9.5-$10 million per year to go along with $20 million guaranteed over the first two years of the agreement.

Philadelphia is running out of time to use franchise designation, so talks could pick up this week.

Should Maclin end up being available, he probably would have a very active market. The Chiefs came up recently as a team to keep an eye one.

Maclin, 26, missed the entire 2013 season after he suffered a torn ACL. The Eagles later signed him to a one-year contract worth $5.5 million, even though they were reportedly interested in giving him a multi-year agreement.

In 2014, he caught 85 passes for 1,318 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns over the course of 16 games. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 14 receiver out of 110 qualifying players.

We have Maclin currently listed as the No. 12 player in our Top 100 Free Agents list.