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Eagles previously gave Mathis permission to seek trade

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The league’s annual meetings have a way of generating information that previously existed but hadn’t been leaked.

Regarding Eagles guard Evan Mathis, for example, news of a possible trade first surfaced on Wednesday.  Per a league source, however, the team gave Mathis permission to seek a trade weeks ago, after Mathis requested a new contract and the team opted not to give him one.

To date, no serious suitors have been found.  But Mathis isn’t being shopped because the Eagles want to move on; Mathis is being shopped because he wants a raise that the Eagles don’t want to give him.  If Mathis can’t find someone who will, the only alternative will be to return to the Eagles at $5.15 million for 2014.

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23 Responses to “Eagles previously gave Mathis permission to seek trade”
  1. danius353 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:27 PM

    Mathis is one of the best guards in the league. I’ll be amazed if no team wants to pay him like one. At the very least he’s being underpaid by the Eagles.

  2. joemammy says: Mar 26, 2014 12:38 PM

    We’d like to have him in Cleveland.

  3. statsdolie says: Mar 26, 2014 12:38 PM

    You don’t give huge contracts to gaurds who are 33. He had a chance two years ago and took the security of the 5 year deal he signed.

  4. junebugslade1977 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:42 PM

    If you sign a contract and get better, you don’t get a raise! It’s a contract! When your contract is up, negotiate again! The guys are ridiculous! Now him!?!

  5. dlove4392 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:43 PM

    He’s getting up there in age eagles can replace threw the draft he’s a average player at best had a pretty good season last year

  6. seabreezes51 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:45 PM

    Like Jackson, he will find his value. If he finds the best value is with the Eagles, there won’t be any room to complain.

  7. jerry42570 says: Mar 26, 2014 12:46 PM

    Also, note that he and Herremans are both in the top 15. Eagles just may be at their “position budget” for guards. Only two teams pay their starting guard tandem more than the Eagles.

  8. willycents says: Mar 26, 2014 1:02 PM

    My boss gives me the same old line, “If you don’t like the pay I give you, you can look for another job.” lol

  9. nld33 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:12 PM

    Two words Drew Rosenhaus, !

  10. I have Unknown Sources says: Mar 26, 2014 1:13 PM

    Sounds fair enough . .

  11. bmorepositive123 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:15 PM

    Everyday I pray that there will be no more stories written about my Eagles until the draft. Please. Please stoppppppp

  12. caseysarasota says: Mar 26, 2014 1:15 PM

    This is his first year going to the pro-bowl and he was a journeyman guard before he came to the Eagles. He should be happy with his pay…and see what happens when his contract is over (age 36?) by that time too old…he shouldn’t complain.

  13. riverhorsey says: Mar 26, 2014 1:17 PM

    5 mil for a guard is pretty damn good.

  14. distracted9 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:19 PM

    Unlike Jackson I’d hate to lose Mathis.. that being said at 33 his play will soon be declining so he’s not worth what he’s asking.. maybe lace his contract with some performance bonuses or something.

  15. birdbrainsnj says: Mar 26, 2014 1:21 PM

    No one will trade for a 33 year old guard who only excelled the last few years of his career because of a system that fits him. He’s undersized and won’t work on most teams lines. He needs to shut rosenhaus up before he ruins another guys career.

  16. oldbyrd says: Mar 26, 2014 1:37 PM

    Please Eagles don’t make any more All Pro’s…they will want to be paid like one and ul have to continue ur Joe Banner routine.

  17. dscol715 says: Mar 26, 2014 1:46 PM

    All of you guys calling him a journeyman because this was his first pro bowl are ill informed. ProFootball Focus has had him as their top rated guard four years in a row. Just because pro bowl voters don’t have a clue who the good interior offensive lineman are doesn’t mean coaches looking at the tape don’t see it.

  18. jlbay says: Mar 26, 2014 1:52 PM

    What isn’t mentioned in the article is that he not only has to find a team willing to give him a pay raise (which he is probably looking for a substantial increase), but is also willing to give the Eagles compensation for over paying for a guard, and that is a much bigger hurdle to get over than the money.

    If Mathis was coming off the last year of his contract and was a FA a team would pony up 7 or 8 mil per year over 3 or 4 years, with 15 mill or so guaranteed. Teams overpay players in FA, but if the Eagles want say a 3rd round pick, well that is a lot more than just overpaying for a FA.

  19. eagles512 says: Mar 26, 2014 2:00 PM

    I’m with the eagles on this. You signed the contract. And not long ago.

  20. freevinnycurry says: Mar 26, 2014 2:19 PM

    He’s the 7th highest paid guard in the NFL for 2014 upcoming. He should be grateful.

  21. clevelandrocksyourface says: Mar 26, 2014 2:21 PM

    Cleveland has the money and the need. Now, about that draft pick…………

  22. officialgame says: Mar 26, 2014 4:10 PM

    I understand guys have short careers and want to get paid but this dude needs to get real. Well actually reality found him. Not one NFL team will pay him more then the Birds. Evan, go bank your 5M and live good life. It beats carrying a lunch pail.

  23. therealtrenches says: Mar 26, 2014 4:50 PM

    This guy has had the luxury of playing alongside Jason Peters, Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans, and last year, a rookie stud in Lane Johnson. That’s a pretty high pedigree.

    Put him on a line with average players, and I promise you, he starts to look like the cast off he was before he landed in Philly, where the o-line has been a priority for over a decade.

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