BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and the Eagles reached agreement on a five-year contract tonight, according a source close to the negotiations.
The team just confirmed the news.
Maclin, the Eagles' top draft pick, will earn $15.5 million with $9.5 million of that guaranteed, the source said. Maclin, presumably, will be in camp sometime tomorrow after missing more than the first week of camp. The 21-year-old, who was chosen with the 19th pick overall, has been staying in Philadelphia as talks have dragged on.
Maclin becomes the 23d first-round draft pick to get signed. Earlier today Denver signed linebacker Robert Ayers, who was taken with the 18th overall pick. After that signing occur, getting the Maclin deal done appeared imminent. He was the only selection after the No. 15 not to be under contract.
Maclin has some time to make up. Coach Andy Reid has been rather forthright about Maclin falling behind. But there is really more than enough time for the rookie out of Missouri to catch up and earn playing time once the season begins.
UPDATE: Here's the release the Eagles just sent:
The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have agreed to terms with WR Jeremy Maclin on a five-year contract. Maclin was the club’s first round draft choice in 2009.
A versatile and explosive receiver and return specialist, Maclin (6-0, 198) established himself as one of college football’s most dangerous offensive threats during his two-year career at Missouri. A two-time All America selection, Maclin scored 33 total touchdowns and amassed 5,609 all-purpose yards. He set single-season records at Missouri with 102 receptions and 1,260 receiving yards in 2008.