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Howie Roseman: Can’t say in April if Ryan Mathews will be on team in September

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Heading into the draft, there were predictions that the Eagles would grab a running back early but things didn’t play out that way.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the team unsuccessfully attempted to trade up before the Vikings took Dalvin Cook in the second round, which meant they waited until the fourth round to add Donnel Pumphrey. Pumphrey joins Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood and Ryan Mathews on the depth chart, although some have wondered if Mathews’ days in Philly are numbered.

Mathews is coming off neck surgery and has a $5 million cap hit, but Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said there’s been no call about his future with the franchise.

“Ryan Mathews is on this team,” Roseman said. “Can I tell you anyone who is going to be on this team in September, and we’re here in April?”

The team may not have a clear lead back, but coach Doug Pederson said he believes the team has “enough to get the job done” as the Eagles move into the next stage of their offseason.

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10 Responses to “Howie Roseman: Can’t say in April if Ryan Mathews will be on team in September”
  1. patsxsaintsfan says: May 1, 2017 8:52 AM

    I would hope there is atleast 1 person you can tell me is going to be on the team in September.

  2. kfoyo808 says: May 1, 2017 9:10 AM

    that told me enough…will not be here. If they need to, can sign Blount at low dollar/incentive laden deal

  3. TheDPR says: May 1, 2017 9:16 AM

    If they’re smart they’ll try to get Mathews to restructure his deal and keep him around. Blount is still out there in free agency but I don’t know if I like that fit or not.

  4. tylawspick6 says: May 1, 2017 9:24 AM

    He’s been a disappointment his entire career. The hype around this guy was incredible out of college.

    Terrible signing considering plug and play RBs are a dime a dozen.

  5. mjacks44 says: May 1, 2017 9:26 AM

    I’d actually like to see the Eagles kick the tires on Jamal Charles. Obviously it’s a big gamble but I would expect him to be very cheap at this point. He basically hasn’t played for two years so if they got one productive season out of him it would be a home run.

    Also any chance Mark Ingram, Jeremi Hill, or Carlos Hyde are on the block? Come on Howie do your trade magic that you do!

  6. touchdownelvis says: May 1, 2017 9:33 AM

    Carson Wentz? Yeah, he’ll probably be on the team in September (as long as he doesn’t get locked in a washroom).

  7. tylawspick6 says: May 1, 2017 9:34 AM

    Also any chance Mark Ingram, Jeremi Hill, or Carlos Hyde are on the block? Come on Howie do your trade magic that you do!


    What “magic” is that exactly?

    Be a .500 team or one that is not set up to contend for a SB every year?


  8. mcnabbster says: May 1, 2017 12:17 PM

    Jamal Charles

  9. parasol monster says: May 1, 2017 1:59 PM

    Honestly, the Eagles had next to nothing at RD last year but still finished 11th in rushing offense. Really impressive considering their best OL was suspended nearly the entire year and they had zero weapons on the outside.

    If they sign a vet and add him to the mix, I think they’ll be just fine this year.

    Draft or sign that long-term solution next offseason.

  10. therealtrenches says: May 1, 2017 3:34 PM

    Parasol’s got the right idea.

    I expect that they’ll at least put in a phone call to Charles, given his ties with Pederson, especially if Denver lets Charles leave town without a deal.

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