Maclin's Contract Has Little Wiggle Room

The Eagles have signed all of their draft picks, with the exception of first-round wideout Jeremy Maclin, the nineteenth overall pick.

And given the dynamics of the rookie pool, which limits the total compensation that a team may provide to its draft class, and the 25-percent rule, which limits the growth of the deal to 25 percent of the first-year cap number, the fact that Maclin is the last man standing means that there really isn’t much about which to haggle.

Basically, the Eagles will take the remainder of their rookie pool allocation, pay all but the rookie minimum salary of $310,000 to him in the form of a roster bonus, and then apply 25 percent of that amount to each future year of the deal.

Of course, it’s not quite that simple.  Some of the future money will get paid out in 2010 as an option bonus, reducing the guaranteed salaries in some of the out years.  And the one-time playing-time incentive (known in some circles as the “log” bonus because earning the amount is supposedly as easy as falling off a log, though Kellen Winslow would disagree) falls beyond the limitations of the rookie pool and the 25-percent rule.

Still, for the most part, the fact that every other Eagles pick has signed takes a lot of the mystery out of Maclin’s eventual deal.

4 responses to “Maclin's Contract Has Little Wiggle Room

  1. Philly better get the deal done soon, so they can get working with McNabb. He needs the tools and philly is looking really good…..except for the whole running back thing behind an explosive, but often injured Westbrook.

  2. The Eagles are looking pretty damn solid, they got the tools as mentioned and all they need is a healthy Westbrook.

  3. I wasn’t aware he wad a holdout,gonzolo4.? What’s the rush ?
    Anyways if this is so cut and dry why not throw some numbers around mr.florio ?

  4. Was Maclin even invited to Arizona? I hadn’t heard that yet but I think it would be good for him to go. Hell I think even McCoy should get down there for a period of time because the McRelationship is going to be a big factor this year. If McCoy shows up he could be splitting carries with Westy. Which I know there may be some “yeah rihgts” in there but you gotta be thinking that Westbrook is the key to the offense and we want to prolong his Explosive playing time through Miami!

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