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Report: Cardinals offer Mathis two-year deal

Evan Mathis AP

The Cardinals have a hole to fill on their offensive line after trading Jonathan Cooper Tuesday, but NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the team has a plan in place to fill it.

Per Rapoport, the Cardinals have offered free agent guard Evan Mathis a two-year deal after he visited with the team.

Mathis played last season with the Broncos after being released by the Eagles. He’s also played for the Panthers, Bengals and Dolphins.

Mathis, 34, is a two-time Pro Bowler. He made 12 starts at left guard in the 2015 regular season and started all three postseason games for the Super Bowl champion Broncos.

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27 Responses to “Report: Cardinals offer Mathis two-year deal”
  1. jam11163 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:49 PM

    Getting old. How much$$$

  2. flipadelphia77777 says: Mar 15, 2016 8:26 PM

    It’s time for Drew to call Howie.

  3. Drunk Uncle says: Mar 15, 2016 8:27 PM

    More great thinking from Steve Keim.

  4. JaminJake says: Mar 15, 2016 8:32 PM

    He’ll be a good player for them. He is already in Arizona during the offseason for trainings he has set up Scottsdale, might as well live there year round for 2 years, build up clientele from being a Cardinal and hope they win the Super Bowl.

  5. mongo3401 says: Mar 15, 2016 8:33 PM

    Don’t knock it. Mathis was one of the better guards in the NFL last year. People are going to see more good Olineman play longer and play well. I would put Mathis up against Iupati any day of the week. Tons better the. Cooper could ever dream to be

  6. yyc2phx says: Mar 15, 2016 8:40 PM

    Keim is pushing all his chips in….

  7. metrocritical says: Mar 15, 2016 8:41 PM

    Great offseason moves by the Cardinals. Meanwhile, here in Detroit, the new regime is busy putting last year’s mediocre roster back together. All that cap space and no one willing to help fill it.

  8. mongo3401 says: Mar 15, 2016 8:46 PM

    To be honest Metro. If you were a good FA would you even consider Detroit ? Not a fan of anyone in your division but you have to look at the big picture in Detroit It appears that Detroit does not even know the big picture. The better FA are off the market. With few exceptions , it’s bargain shopping now. Just my opinion.

  9. gem says: Mar 15, 2016 8:59 PM

    Elite level guard, with some tread left. Started and stabilized an offensive line with 3 rookie starters and another injured vet, that played out of position. Only bright on a O-line that won the superbowl. Cardinal fans are going to love this high character team mate.

  10. yyc2phx says: Mar 15, 2016 8:59 PM

    All due respect to Detroit and its history but I’ve been there and wouldn’t want to raise a family there

  11. bassplucker says: Mar 15, 2016 9:02 PM

    34 is really close to the end of the line for any position in the NFL except kicker, punter and maybe QB. That being said, Keim has hit a lot more than he’s missed so I wouldn’t bet against it working out. Mathis can’t be worse than Cooper.

  12. tbone4444 says: Mar 15, 2016 9:04 PM

    Too bad the Cards still have the worst big game QB in recent league history, every move they make is for naught…

  13. tydatank says: Mar 15, 2016 9:17 PM

    Call my crazy, but I am Pretty sure this guy never played for the Dolphins…

  14. nenlain says: Mar 15, 2016 9:28 PM

    Mathis is smart and tough. He’s got a few more years in him I’d wager. Chip was stupid to cut him.

  15. summitmech says: Mar 15, 2016 9:49 PM

    Good. Hopefully that means Andre Smith is coming back to the Vikings.

  16. kfoyo808 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:02 PM

    If being likely the best o lineman on a Super Bowl winning team is “end of the line” then I’ll have. Ticket for that train please.

    Sign him – you won’t regret it.

    Eagles Fan

  17. filmex2000 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:03 PM

    Should be an upgrade from Cooper.

    Heck, if you notice Mathis making a play at any time during the season, it will be an upgrade from Cooper.

  18. trees786 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:55 PM

    Hoping for the best but am I missing something. Everything I’m reading is saying offered him a contract. Nothing is saying signed a contract. We would love to have him but just wondering if we are jumping the gun.

  19. ehsguy72 says: Mar 15, 2016 10:58 PM

    Meanwhile in Santa Clara, The Three Stooges, York-Baalke-Kelly, sign Ray Ray Armstrong to a one year deal. With $55Mil in cap space. SMH

  20. jaredc360 says: Mar 15, 2016 11:02 PM

    I’m sure AZ can pull the plug after a season if he doesn’t perform to their expectations, if he accepts the deal, without and significant consequences aa far as $ and cap goes. I would also think that he’s not going to be getting paid a fortune, mostly bc of his age. I think this most likely is a high-reward/low risk pickup. If anything he will be an improvement at that position, and worst case he’s not and they let him go as soon as they are contractually able to with taking a significant hit cap wise. The numbers in the contract will tell the story, but I’d say it’s safe to assume it will be a team friendly deal. Seems like a win-win to me and AZ could be adding an important piece to an already top tier offense.

  21. stealthjunk says: Mar 15, 2016 11:16 PM

    Great run blocker, but a horrible pass blocker. Denver had him sharing time last year depending on the situation.

  22. charlie2254 says: Mar 15, 2016 11:41 PM

    Doubt he signs. Just sayin.

  23. MostlyRight says: Mar 16, 2016 12:24 AM

    I think 2 years blocking for CP and David Johnson on a Super Bowl level team in a city he hangs out in anyway would be a perfect ending to a great career. Two years is perfect, likely exactly the amount of tread left on those tires.

    If this turns into a signing, with the Cardinals Chandler Jones pick up today the Cards off-season went from quiet to eleventy in a matter of days. Keim is a stud GM.

  24. twelsh36446 says: Mar 16, 2016 3:37 AM

    Detroit offered him more money and less practice so I think he’s on his way to Detroit. They sit out their older players a lot during season practices.

  25. bigoldred says: Mar 16, 2016 7:17 AM

    He looks like Bill Murray in Caddyshack.

  26. n0funnystuff says: Mar 16, 2016 10:02 AM

    Pretty bummed he wasn’t able to come back to Denver I really liked Mathis and I’m glad he was able to get a SB ring with the Broncos. He killed it in run blocking all year it was his pass blocking that needed work although he played with a bad ankle pretty much all year. Dude is a beast watch him on IG and he throws serious weight around.

  27. doggz109 says: Mar 16, 2016 7:55 PM

    Yep……amazing run blocker but just avg pass blocker. He will improve the line for the Cardinals though. Good signing.

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