Back when everybody on both sides was saying Jeremy Maclin ought to be signed before the start of training camp, agent Jim Steiner denied that he would need to see what other first-rounders were getting before he could reach an agreement. However, as the impasse has dragged on through a solid week of workouts (for rookies, anyway, three days for vets), that is exactly what front-office sources have felt was the holdup -- specifically,they've felt that Steiner was waiting for another wideout, Percy Harvin. taken 22nd overall by the Vikings, to agree to terms.
Well, according to ESPN.com, that has happened, Harvin agreeing to a five-year deal Sunday, terms undisclosed. As soon as that news arrived, miracle of miracles, there were indications that a Maclin deal was close, too. It would be nice to have him waving to the fans on the giant scoreboard screens at Eagles Flight Night tonight, wouldn't it? Although by late afternoon, as Flight Night neared, a source close to Maclin was throwing cold water on the "deal is imminent" buzz, so don't count on that.
Certainly, there is a strong sense the Eagles have put their best offer on the table, and if Maclin doesn't sign today, this signing that no one thought would be complicated is going to become just that.
A protracted holdout is exactly the opposite of what Maclin seemed to want, when this process began
Special teams coordinator Ted Daisher was asked about Maclin during Daisher's scheduled media availability Sunday. Maclin could end up being in the return mix.
“I thought he did a good job this spring in the OTAs. He’s making progress. He’s gotten better. That contract thing will work itself out and when it does he’ll be here," Daisher said. "We’ll just coach him up. The other guys are doing a good job.”
No fans got to see it, since heavy rain moved practice to an artificial turf lacrosse field across a road from where the Eagles normally work out at Lehigh, but left tackle Jason Peters took part in Sunday morning's abbreviated session.
The idea of moving to the turf field was to be able to practice normally, at least until ightning moved in and drove everyone back into the locker room. The Eagles' live practice Sunday -- Eagles Flight Night -- will take place as scheduled at Lincoln Financial Field at 7 p.m. Peters, who suffered a quad spasm in Thursday's conditioning run, said he probably won't push it by taking part in the contact session tonight, unless he really feels good.
"It felt good to get back out there with my teammates and get some reps," Peters said. "There's no rush to come back (tonight). I'm going to be smart about it. I could go out there -- I just don't want to hurt it again and start all over ... I'll see how I feel. If I feel good, I'm going to go out and see what I can do."
Peters, the offseason's biggest acquisition, said watching the first two days of full-squad workouts was difficult.
"It was frustrating, watching those guys sweat and grind and get into training camp shape," he said. "It was real hard for me; I've been over with Rick (Burkholder, the head athletic trainer), running and doing different exercises with him, but I'm glad to be back ... From one to 10, it's about an 8, 8 1/2."
With Peters returning Sunday, left guard Todd Herremans, who had been filling in at left tackle, worked in some at right tackle. Shawn Andrews remains sidelined with back stiffness. Andrews gave the thumbs-up sign to a reporter who asked how he was coming along, as Andrews left the locker room, wearing a cold pack on his back.
Flight Night, by the way, is rain or shine, the Eagles say. Fans are welcome to wear ponchos but you can't bring an umbrella into the Linc.