Jeremy Maclin may get a new deal prior to the regular season

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According to Eric Edholm of ProFootballWeekly.com, the Philadelphia Eagles may end up signing wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a long-term extension before the regular season begins.

“Their top priority appears to be WR Jeremy Maclin, who has two years left on his rookie deal,” wrote Edholm.  “Although Maclin hasn’t yet burst into stardom, he has performed very well his first three seasons, even last year when he battled a mysterious ailment that was feared to be something very serious.”

“It’s quite possible that the team and Maclin come to an agreement on a long-term deal prior to the start of the regular season,” Edholm wrote. “That would fit the Eagles’ m.o. of trying to sign players just on the cusp of stardom and keep them through their prime years at reasonable rates, although McCoy clearly broke out before earning his big contract.”

“It’s not clear if talks have begun with Maclin and the Eagles on such a deal, but if they have not already, they soon likely will,” wrote Edholm.  “The Eagles believe he’s in line for a big season in 2012.”

It amazes me how much money the Eagles have used to sign all of their premiere players to long-term deals after the free agency spending spree they went on last season.

However much the Eagles end up spending on Maclin, it’ll certainly be less than the five-year, $47 million contract that DeSean Jackson signed this offseason.