NFL Rumors: Philadelphia Eagles prefer Riley Cooper over Jeremy Maclin

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) celebrates a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints during the first half 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 4, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper (14) celebrates a touchdown catch against the New Orleans Saints during the first half 2013 NFC wild card playoff football game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

With NFL free agency right around the corner, the Philadelphia Eagles are looking at who they should bring back for another season — perhaps even long term — and who no longer fits with the team. When it comes to wide receivers, the Eagles have a choice between Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin and there appears to be conflicting reports on who is preferred over the other.

Last week a report surfaced that stated it was Maclin who was a priority over Cooper, but Mike Florio from Pro Football Talk is reporting something different. According to Florio, it’s Cooper who is preferred to Maclin and the Eagles will attempt to lock him up long-term before the even think about Maclin.

As mentioned on Tuesday’s Pro Football Talkon NBCSN, Cooper is the higher priority than Maclin.  Indeed, it’s our understanding that it’s not even close.

This seems to make sense, since initial reports that the eagles were going to let Cooper walk seemed a little fishy. Between the two Maclin played all but zero downs in 2013 while Riley Cooper helped Nick Foles become an MVP candidate.

Cooper is the better of the two receivers for now, and the Eagles are apparently prioritizing them as such.

Topics: Philadelphia Eagles, Riley Cooper

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