The Eagles have two wide receivers heading toward free agency next month and General Manager Howie Roseman is sending the message that keeping both Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin in Philadelphia may not happen.
While the team would like to have both players back for another year and could probably afford it, Roseman said that the overall needs of the team and the ability to add more receiver help via the draft will get in the way of the status quo.
“Well, I think it is complicated, because you have guys that you want to have back and also, what resources are you going to devote to that position with the guys who are already on the roster? And then you look at it in the draft, obviously a very strong position, so I think … it’s a complicated situation but we’ve never ruled out bringing both of those guys back,” Roseman said, via CSNPhilly.com.
Maclin is coming off an ACL injury that could limit his chances of landing a multi-year deal, which may make staying in a familiar offense for the 2014 season before hitting free agency again an appealing prospect. Cooper was able to get more chances with Maclin out of the lineup and made good on them with eight touchdown catches, production that could lead to a fair amount of interest from teams looking for a new addition at receiver.