Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin settled for a one-year make-good contract with the Eagles last offseason and since then he has asserted himself as a top-end wide receiver. On the brink of free agency, Maclin says that he hopes to iron out an extension with Philly before potentially hitting the open market. Maclin wants to return to the Eagles and he’s confident that a deal can get done, writes Sheil Kapadia of Philadelphia Magazine.
“Yeah, this is a great place to be,” he said. “I’ve always spoken the best about this organization. Everything [Jeffrey] Lurie or Howie [Roseman] or Chip [Kelly] has told me has always been true. So why wouldn’t I want to be here? This is the place that drafted me, and I want to end my career here. If we can get something worked out when the time is right, then that’s what’ll happen.”
Maclin was hoping to get an extension done during the season, but said he’s not “disappointed” that it hasn’t happened yet. The Eagles, for their part, haven’t completed an in-season extension for one of their players since 2009, so that’s not necessarily a reflection on how the Eagles view or value Maclin. The former 19th overall pick reportedly turned down a five-year proposal from the Eagles prior to the start of the season, preferring to bet on himself. Coming off an ACL injury that wiped out his 2013 season, Maclin’s bet paid off in a major way. Through 16 weeks, Maclin has recorded 82 catches for 1,269 yards and ten touchdowns.
Back in October, our own Luke Adams evaluated Maclin as an extension candidate.