Jeremy Maclin's two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens is netting him more than a reported ceiling of $14 million.
That's right: crab cakes were evidently a bargaining chip in Maclin's decision to spurn both the Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles in signing with Baltimore.
Maclin went to Twitter to cash in on a lifetime supply of free crab cakes after he agreed to terms with the Ravens on Monday. The seafood delights were promised to him by Jimmy's Seafood in Baltimore. Maclin tweeted the dining establishment exactly 23 minutes after the Ravens announced the signing.
At first the restaurant offered him crab cakes for the length of his deal. That quickly changed to free crab cakes for life.
Jimmy's Seafood's Twitter account credits itself with being the "only establishment to ever win both Bar and Restaurant of the Year Awards from @restaurantsinmd! Featured on @foodnetwork with @guyfieri."
They quickly confirmed the deal on Twitter once Maclin expressed his delight:
John Minadakis, the CEO of Jimmy's Famous Seafood, told ESPN that the tasty signing bonus played a role in luring Maclin to Baltimore.
"You put our crab cakes against Buffalo wings or Philly cheesesteaks," Minadakis said, "a crab cake is going to win every time."
Minadakis came up with the idea of free crab cakes with his brother Tony. He said it was a small price to pay to help the Ravens get a star wide receiver.
"How many crab cakes can one person eat?" Minadakis told ESPN. "It's not going to take us out of business. That's for sure."
Always remember what the guy from Wedding Crashers said. Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!
Source: CBS Sports · Photo Credit: Keystone Press Agency