On the surface, it should be easy to get Maclin’s contract worked out. There’s only a finite slice of rookie pool money remaining for Maclin. That said, there are other financial terms not governed by the rookie pool structure and the 25 percent rule restricting the growth of the cap number in future seasons.
Still, it shouldn’t be so hard to get a deal done.
In response to a suggestion from agent Jim Steiner that “some progress” has been made, an Eagles source told the Philadelphia Inquirer this: “I guess if you go from ridiculous to slightly less ridiculous you can call that real progress.”
So, basically, Maclin will be missing some valuable time that otherwise could be devoted to getting him ready to make a significant impact as a rookie.