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Jeremy Maclin returning to Eagles is "very possible" because Philadelphia wants him back

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Things haven't been looking so good for the Eagles lately when it comes to free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Earlier in the week it was reported that the two sides weren't close on a new deal. On Saturday night, a report emerged that the Eagles offered $9 million per year to Maclin but the pass catcher is asking for at least $11 million.

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo!, however, don't count on Maclin leaving Philadelphia just yet. Robinson reports that Maclin returning to the Eagles is still "very possible" and that the team wants to keep him.

"Return to Eagles very possible for Jeremy Maclin. Jets [were] a suitor until Brandon Marshall deal. Unless a team overpays, Eagles want him back."

The Eagles may be helped by the fact that Randall Cobb re-signed with the Packers on Saturday night for $10 million per year. That contract may have set the market for Maclin's negotiations. On the other hand, it also gives Maclin more leverage since he's the top player at his position on the market.

NFL free agency officially starts on Tuesday, March 10 so the Eagles have until then to get a deal done before he can officially hit the market. In the meantime, Maclin's agent is likely fielding calls during this "legal tampering" window. The Houston Texans are among the teams reported to be interested in Maclin. BGN Radio's John Barchard also notes the Chicago Bears have some level of interest.