Maclin's agent: Contract talks to intensify
Eagles rookie wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is the team's only unsigned draft pick with training camp less than a week away. But there isn't anything to worry about, at least according to Maclin's agent, Jim Steiner.
The Eagles and Steiner, who also represents former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins, had preliminary discussions last week and "negotiations should intensify in the middle to latter part of this week," Steiner said today.
Maclin, the No. 19 overall pick, isn't the only first round selection without a deal. In fact, only two No. 1 picks have been signed -- quarterbacks Matthew Stafford (Detroit) and Mark Sanchez (N.Y. Jets) -- as of this writing. The entire roster of second round picks hasn't been nailed down with deals either, although Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was inked to a contract last month.
Steiner, of the Creative Artists Agency, has been in negotiations with Eagles consultant Andrew Brandt.
"Realistically, we should be able to find some common ground to get Jeremy into camp on time," Steiner said. "I'm optimistic. I don't think Jeremy is worried and I don't think the Eagles are worried."
A message left with Brandt was not immediately returned. Steiner wouldn't comment on the particulars of the talks or how far apart both sides are at this point.
Rookies arrive for the opening of camp on Sunday. Maclin can't report until he has a contract. He was the third wideout taken in the draft, after the Oakland Raiders selected Darrius Heyward-Bey at No. 7 and the San Francisco 49ers took Michael Crabtree at No. 10.
The 6-foot, 198-pound receiver out of Missouri had a solid minicamp by most estimations, but still has a ways to go in learning the Eagles' west coast offense.