Dec 23, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin (18) is tackled by Washington Redskins linebacker Perry Riley (56) during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs Free Agent Watch 2014: Eagles "not close" to Deal with Jeremy Maclin


This is my absolute favorite part of the off season. I’m talking about the build up to the free agency frenzy that happens in March. There are so many rumors and talks about this player re-signing here or that player heading to the open market, it’s hard to keep it all straight.

Though head coach Andy Reid has already said the Chiefs won’t be big players in the free agent market this year, everyone expects them to make at least a couple of moves. One of those early rumors was to bring Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver — and former Mizzou star as well as Reid draftee — Jeremy Maclin to the Chiefs.

However, that well seemed to dry up yesterday as co-editor Ben Nielsen reported:

This morning, though, it doesn’t seem Maclin and the Eagles are as close to a deal as we were led to believe. After it was announced that fellow Eagles WR Riley Cooper signed a five-year $25 million contract, Adam Schefter indicated Maclin and the Ealges were talking but weren’t close to a deal.

Granted, the Eagles have until the March 11 deadline to lock up Maclin, but interested teams are allowed to begin preliminary talks with players starting next week. If a deal isn’t done by then, Maclin may hear something he likes from another team. We’ll keep you updated on this rumor as it progresses, but right now, it looks like it could take a bit.

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  • berttheclock

    Jason, D’Qwell Jackson has been cut by the Eagles because Howie did not want to fork out $4 M on March 11. Why no mention of him? Just think what he could add to the linebacking corps of the Chiefs, both in intelligence and pass rushing ability. Yes, his run stopping has dropped off, but, there will be teams interested in him with the Broncos, already, up on Google considering him. Funny about so much coverage given to Avant who caught 38 passes, last season, with the Eagles, yet, he was targeted 76 times. Poor passing or just couldn’t get open very often?

  • Tristian

    Let me just say that Maclin is worth more than Cooper hands down even if he os coming off an injury. Cooper is an average to above average reciever and thats all he will ever be. Maclin has #1 reciever upside and riley coopers best season was last year with 46 catches. I think that would be Maclins worst. Eagles playing a dangerous game right now with so much money tied up on offense and not signing Maclin who is clearly 2nd beat but hey thats their loss. Reid has to grab this kid cause I don’t think he goes back to Philly

  • sidibeke

    If they’re not close, than I suspect he’s asking more than he’s worth, and I say pass.