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.
Riley Cooper’s 5-year deal done but Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin’s is not. Sides are talking but not close to a deal, according to sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2014
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.