The relationship between Evan Mathis and the Eagles hasn’t exactly been a smooth one, and coach Chip Kelly didn’t do anything Saturday to make it any better.
Kelly told reporters Saturday that the ball was in the veteran guard’s court in regards to returning to the team, as Mathis staying away from voluntary workouts.
“Evan Mathis has been available for trade for two years and there have been no offers,” Kelly said, via Dave Weinberg of the Atlantic City Press.
There were reports that Mathis’s name was floated as a possibility during the discussions about the Eagles obtaining Dion Jordan from the Dolphins before Jordan was suspended for the season. But apparently that doesn’t rise to the level of offer, in Kelly’s mind.
Mathis is due $5.5 million and $6 million in the final two years of his contract. And while he and Kelly might not agree to his monetary value, Mathis has continued to play at a high level, making it curious as to why Kelly is picking this particular fight.