Earlier this morning, the Philadelphia Eagles announced they have signed wide receiver Riley Cooper to a 5-year contract, and center Jason Kelce to a 6-year extension. Cooper's deal is worth $25 million, although we'll wait and see the specifics on guarantees.
This removes one notable free agent wide receiver from the market. Additionally, the Eagles are in talks with Jeremy Maclin on a new contract. Philly.com writer Jeff McLane reported the two sides are expected to agree on a one-year "show me" contract, while Adam Schefter is reporting the sides are talking but not close to a deal. Maclin is coming off a torn ACL, so it's not surprising this might get a little complicated to figure out. For now though it does seem like there is progress.
Some 49ers fans had thrown Maclin out there as a potential stop-gap option, particularly since he might be looking at this kind of one-year deal. There was nothing connecting the 49ers, but I figured this was still worth noting. In other wide receiver news, there might be mutual interest between the Indianapolis Colts and Eric Decker.
The 49ers continue their own contract negotiations with wide receiver Anquan Boldin. There have been reports a deal is close, but it sounds like two years vs. three years is the last sticking point:
The dollars make sense, now it's just a matter of the years. Personally I'd prefer two years, but Boldin seems like the kind of guy who could last through a three year deal without "losing it". That's speculation on my part to some extent, but given that he doesn't base his game on speed, and he seems to keep himself in great shape, I'd like to think he won't fall off a cliff (performance-wise, not ACTUALLY!) over the course of a three year deal.