“Whatever happens in the organization happens in the organization,” Maclin said. “This was a similar situation when the Eagles decided to part ways with T.O. That's just how the game goes sometimes. So I guess we'll see.”
All signs point to the Eagles' trading Jackson this offseason, even though he’s coming off his third Pro Bowl season and the best year of his career, with 82 catches for 1,332 yards and nine touchdowns.
Maclin, who missed last year with a knee injury, recently signed a one-year contract to return to the Eagles before hitting the open market.
Jackson has 6,117 receiving yards in six seasons with the Eagles; Maclin has 3,453 yards in four seasons. They rank third and 12th in franchise history in receiving yards among wideouts.
Head coach Chip Kelly was intentionally vague when asked about Jackson at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando on Wednesday, and Maclin took a similar tone on Tuesday.
“Anything is possible in this league,” Maclin said. “I think the organization is going to do what’s best for the organization. Everybody knows DeSean is a phenomenal talent, but at the end of the day, that's not a decision that players get to make or the city gets to make.
“That's a decision that the staff gets to make, and I think whatever they decide to do, and with any decision, that’s what you have to believe in, that's what you got to have faith in.”
Perhaps Maclin was simply being politically correct, not wishing to criticize management, but when asked directly if he wants Jackson back, he was non-commital.
“I want to win games, and obviously DeSean's a very talented player,” Maclin said. “So, I think, I want to win games.
“Like I said, to have him on the field, being able to make plays is a plus for the offense. But at the same time, anybody that's out there making plays is capable of doing something.”
-- Reuben Frank, CSN Philadelphia