With free agency just three weeks away, Eagles free agent receiver Jeremy Maclin remains hopeful that he can reach a deal to stay in Philadelphia, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
“I’ve always stated, this is where I want to be. The Eagles have stated the same thing,” Maclin said Saturday morning at the NovaCare Complex before the Philadelphia Soul tryouts. “We’ll continue to get on the same page with all that and get something done.”
Maclin spoke to prospective Soul players before the tryout. He was walking without issue and is “very pleased” with the rehab of his right knee.
Maclin missed all of last season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in July. He will not be fully healed by the time he signs a contract somewhere in March, but Maclin is optimistic about his participation come the spring and summer.
“Training camp is no question,” Maclin said. “OTAs I’ll be able to run around and stuff, probably just without contact. I’m in a very good place at this stage of my rehab.”
Maclin has remained in Philadelphia and has been around the team facility. The team has remained supportive of their former first-round pick, whom they were bullish about entering last season.
Maclin and Riley Cooper are the two Eagles receivers about to hit free agency. General manager Howie Roseman hinted last month that the Eagles could potentially sign both. They have around $18 million to potentially spend this offseason when accounting for draft pick salary allocation and before any adjustments of other players’ deals.
“I wouldn’t say it would be a nonstarter that we couldn’t have both back,” Roseman said after the season. “Certainly, the door is open to having both.”
“With the way this thing is set up, I can’t really talk to anybody and anybody can’t talk to you,” Maclin said. “I’m just taking it day-by-day.”