Darrius Heyward-Bey has reportedly signed a contract with the Raiders. With the first wide receiver taken in the draft finally inked to a deal does that mean the Eagles can finally agree to terms with their top pick, wideout Jeremy Maclin?
Eagles coach Andy Reid said today that there was nothing new in the Maclin negotiations. Team consultant Andrew Brandt confirmed this, but said both sides would probably meet again tonight. The Eagles have been hamstrung by the fact that they start camp earlier than most teams and thus had to wait until the dominoes of signing top picks dropped one by one.
Heyward-Bey's signing could move things along. After Heyward-Bey, there is only Michael Crabtree ahead of Maclin in terms of draft order. According to the Associated Press, Heyward-Bey's contract guarantees the rookie at least $23.5 million.
Reid, meanwhile, was a little more direct today in what he had to say about Maclin, who has now missed four days of camp. The team starts full-contact practices tomorrow.
“You can’t buy back that time," Reid said. "He’s going to have to be playing a catch-up game. It’s important that he’s here, that’s the bottom line.”