Both completed their rookie contracts in 2013. Both signed one-year deals for 2014. Maclin stays in Philly; Nicks heads to Indy.
Nicks, per multiple reports, signed a contract with a base value of $3.5 million with up to $2 million more in incentives. Maclin’s deal has a base value of $5.5 million ($3.5 million guaranteed), with a maximum value of $6 million.
And Maclin tore an ACL in training camp.
It’s a stunning contrast. Maclin suffered an injury that Nicks surely feared he’d sustain in his contract year (remember how he stayed away from offseason workouts?), and Maclin still had a better contract year than Nicks, who started 15 games.
This year, Nicks and Maclin each have a clear incentive to have strong contract years. But Nicks had a strong incentive last year, too. Unlike Maclin, Nicks was healthy enough to capitalize.