NFL Free Agency Rumors: Eric Decker, Jeremy Maclin, D’Qwell Jackson, LeGarrette Blount

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles finalized a deal to bring back Riley Cooper on Thursday, and fellow wideout Jeremy Maclin may not be too far behind.

According to the Philly.com, the team is expected to re-sign Maclin as well. The deal will likely be one year since the wideout has battled injuries over the past two seasons. The New York Jets were previously rumored to have interest in Maclin, though all signs point to Maclin remaining with Philly.

The Cleveland Browns made a bit of a splash late Wednesday when the team released longtime linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. And soon after, a market began to develop for him. Per CBS Sports, a quarter of the league (eight teams) has already reached out to Jackson, and according to the Tennessean, the Titans are one of those teams.

As for Cleveland, Arthur Moats is a candidate to replace Jackson. Moats played inside linebacker for the Buffalo Bills last season when Browns coach Mike Pettine was the team’s defensive coordinator.

Arguably the top wide receiver on the free-agent market, Eric Decker, is sure to command a lot of interest. Already, the Jets, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers, and the Denver Broncos are considered the major players for his services. Well, you can add another AFC squad into the mix.

According to the CBS4 in Denver, the Indianapolis Colts are expected to show interest in Decker. The Colts have a lot of young, talented wide receivers in T.Y. Hilton, LaVon Brazill, and Da’Rick Rogers, but the report indicates if Decker can’t receive passes from Peyton Manning he’d “love to roll” with Andrew Luck.

Earlier in the week, we labeled DeMarcus Ware as a cap casualty. But according to NFL.com, Ware and the Dallas Cowboys have yet to even negotiate a restructured contract. In fact, per the report, the two sides haven’t spoken at all.

New England has a plethora of free agents to try and re-sign this offseason. Among them: Aqib Talib, Julian Edelman, and LeGarrette Blount.

According to ESPN Boston, the most likely of the three to return is Blount, who came on as a downhill back in place of Stevan Ridley down the stretch. Blount and the Patriots have “a mutual interest,” per the report. Talib is still considered the team’s top offseason priority, while Edelman is likely out if another team overpays for him (see Wes Welker in 2013).

Sam Spiegelman is a native New Yorker covering sports in New Orleans. He likes Game of Thrones way too much. Tweet him @samspiegs.
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