Following up on the ongoing story
. ... It still sounds as if y Maclin expects to get a deal done with the Eagles, instead of leaving in free agency on March 10. "I've always said I want to be here in Philadelphia, but I've also always said I understand it's a business," Maclin said Saturday. "Both sides have made it known that we both want each other back, so the rest of it is in God's hands. If it's supposed to happen, it'll happen. I want to be here." Reported by the Philadelphia Daily News
Monday is the deadline for the Eagles to ensure Maclin returns by sticking the franchise tag on the team's 2014 top receiver. Maclin said he had no idea if that would happen, and said he didn't know until a reporter told him that the franchise figure for a wideout would be about $12.8 million for 2015. But as Daily News staffer Les Bowen suggests, the tag might not be an attractive option for the team because all the money would count toward the 2015 cap, using up about half the current available room, before free agent shopping starts. Asked how he would feel if he were tagged, Maclin said: "It's part of the business. ... My side and the Eagles, if we're going to come to a head, we will." Maclin, who turns 27 in May, came back from missing 2013 because of knee surgery to catch 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He was the team's first-round draft choice, 19th overall, in 2009.