Jeremy Maclin is one game away from being one of the top free agent receivers this offseason. But Maclin made it clear he wants to remain in Philadelphia.
"Why wouldn't I want to be here?" Maclin said. This is the place that drafted me and I want to end my career here. If we can get something worked out when the team is right, that's what will happen."
Maclin has 82 catches for 1,269 and 10 touchdowns this season. It is his first season playing in Chip Kelly's offense.
When Maclin signed his one-year contract in February, he said he could revisit the deal during the season. There has not been an extension yet, although Maclin also changed agents. That complicated the process.
"That's just how the process works sometimes," Maclin said. "I changed agents, and obviously when you do that, it resets you a little bit. But when the time's right, it'll get done. I know both sides made it clear that we both want to be here. They want me here, I want to be here."
If the Eagles do not agree to a deal with Maclin before March 2, they could apply the franchise tag. That would keep Maclin in Philadelphia for another season.
"I guess I don't really have a choice if that comes up, right?" Maclin said.
Defensive coordinator Bill Davis said that the Eagles have not yet made a decision on who would start at cornerback at the spot usually occupied by Bradley Fletcher, and that Nolan Carroll and Brandon Boykin "have a shot" to start. However, Fletcher took the first-team snaps at practice on Tuesday. …Linebacker Trent Cole does not know if he will be in the season finale against the New York Giants on Sunday. Cole had surgery on his broken hand last Wednesday, and the hand was still stitched on Tuesday afternoon. "I came to work, came to meetings," Cole said.