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Report: Eagles Are Prioritizing Re-Signing Jeremy Maclin Before Riley Cooper

Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, citing NFL sources, reports that the Eagles have prioritized re-signing WR Jeremy Maclin before addressing Riley Cooper.

  • According to McLane, the Eagles are expected to try and sign Maclin to a one-year contract and then look for another “starting-caliber” receiver free agency. The Eagles still believe Maclin can “thrive” in Chip Kelly’s offensive system.
  • McLane adds that Cooper “remains on the radar” for Philadelphia, but it sounds like he’s a contingency plan for Philadelphia.

Both players will be unrestricted free agents in a matter of weeks, but all indications have been that the Eagles were interested in retaining them.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that a league source has informed him that Eagles Cooper should “significant” interest as an unrestricted free agent, which means it could prove to be difficult for them to sign him if a deal isn’t reached before the start of free agency.

Cooper, 26, was forced to fill in for Maclin after he went down with a torn ACL before the start of the season. Despite some off-the-field issues that brought up questions of whether or not he should remain with the team, Cooper went on to have a breakout year fort the Eagles. He totaled 47 receptions for 835 yards receiving to go along with 8 TDs.

Maclin, 25, has said publicly that he is open to signing a one-year contract after missing the entire 2013 season due to a torn ACL.

We have both Maclin and Cooper listed in our  Top 100 Free Agents list.

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