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Jeremy Maclin missed the entire 2013 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training camp practice. (USA Today Images)
Jeremy Maclin is making progress toward re-signing with the Eagles, according to a source close to the situation.
Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has been busy since returning from the NFL Scouting Combine, and it appears Maclin is on the list to get his contract worked out.
Maclin, the fifth-year receiver, is set to become a free agent on March 8 but the league source said both sides are “talking and making progress.” Still, the deal isn’t done and Maclin could still elect to test free agency before making his decision.
Maclin, 25, missed the entire 2013 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training camp practice, the same ligament he had torn in college.
After the season, Maclin said his heart was with the Eagles and that he understood his medical situation would probably warrant a one-year deal to prove that he’s still an above-average receiver.
Maclin, a first-round pick out of Missouri in 2009 (19th overall), had been a productive receiver in his first four years, although he hadn’t reached his full potential. He hasn’t yet had a 1,000-yard season although he caught 10 touchdowns in 2010 and had 202 receptions from 2010 to 2012, which ranked 20th in the NFL.
The Eagles already secured left tackle Jason Peters, signing him Wednesday to a five-year extension (see story), and are reportedly close to deals with center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Riley Cooper (see story).