Maclin, Eagles agree to contract

August, 4, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

At about 11:30 p.m. ET Monday, the Eagles confirmed that first-round pick Jeremy Maclin had agreed to a five-year contract with the team. The wide receiver was en route to the Lehigh campus, where he'll join his new teammates Tuesday.

The Maclin news help offset the sobering reports that starting linebacker Stewart Bradley is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Head coach Andy Reid wouldn't confirm the prognosis, in part, because he's upset the media called Bradley and other staffers directly to find out about the injury.

But Maclin's arrival should lift the club's spirits and will also allow him to start playing catch-up. He's missed more than a week of camp, and Reid's been up front about his disappointment with the late arrival.

Les Bowen of the Daily News is reporting that Maclin's contract is worth $15.5 million, with $9.5 million of it guaranteed. When Denver was able to reach an agreement with its No. 18 overall pick, Robert Ayers, it probably made things easier for both sides in the Maclin negotiation. The former Missouri receiver has a lot of work to do because he's trying to transition from the spread offense to the West Coast.

I don't think Maclin will be in the dog house or anything, but I'd be surprised if he comes close to winning a starting job in training camp. The team probably has more depth at the position than any team in the division, which could make it hard for Reggie Brown or Hank Baskett to make the team.

Maclin will immediately begin working with the special teams units as a return man. That's where he should be able to make the most immediate impact. With Maclin's signing, every rookie in the division has reached a contract agreement.

Teammates and coaches might give Maclin a hard time at first, but the holdout will be a distant memory by the time the season starts -- unless Maclin doesn't catch up. And I think he will.

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