Sunday, August 2, 2009

Falling in draft cost Maclin $24 million

With Jeremy Maclin certain to agree to contract terms at any moment - he's one of the few first-rounders who haven't and realistically he's not going to sit out the season - it's time to look at how much money he lost dropping from seventh to 19th in the draft.

When all is said and done, the price Maclin paid for running his 40-yard dash a couple of tenths of a second slower than Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall selection of the Raiders. is about $24 million, including $14 million guaranteed. Had Maclin been faster, he'd have been a Raiduh, people.

And exactly who was it that said the 40-yard dash is overrated?

Wide receiver Heyward-Bey inked a five-year $38.25 million pact with $23.5 million guaranteed according to reports.

Tight end Brandon Pettigrew, the 20th pick, signed a five-year pact with the Lions worth $14.6 million, including $9.4 million guaranteed.

Maclin will fall somewhere in between, although a lot closer to Pettigrew.


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