Evan Mathis won’t “necessarily rush” into new deal

AP

The Eagles released guard Evan Mathis last week after more than a year of the veteran pushing for a new contract with the organization, leaving the Eagles to find a new starting job and Mathis to find a new team.

His agent Drew Rosenhaus said that Mathis might not sign with that team in the immediate future. While appearing on The Joe Rose Show on WQAM in Miami, Rosenhaus said that “at least half a dozen” teams have already reached out to him about Mathis’s services and that they would take their time weighing their options.

“It’s wide open and there’s a lot of interest in Evan,” Rosenhaus said. “Between now and the start of training camp, I definitely expect him to have a new home. I think we’ll be methodical, we won’t necessarily rush into signing immediately.”

Rosenhaus wouldn’t name any of the teams, saying only that he’s heard from “the usual suspects” when asked about interest from the Dolphins, and wouldn’t say what would be the most significant factor in Mathis’s ultimate decision. Given his desire for a contract that would pay him more than the $5.5 million he was set to make with the Eagles this year, however, it seems likely that he’ll be trying for more and that may be part of the reason for an extended timeline to find his next home.

55 responses to “Evan Mathis won’t “necessarily rush” into new deal

  1. The Dolphins should do what ever they have to do in order to sign Evan. He will protect their already huge investments to field a playoff team.

  2. He is hoping for training camp injuries. The only way he get’s $13+ over 2 years is if someone get’s really desperate.

    He was really good for the Eagles but he’s at the age where linemen can go into steep decline without warning.

  3. Translation: “Only a couple of teams have reached out, offering 2 years for $7 million…..not enough…and so we’ll wait it out until a team loses a guard and is desperate….and willing to overpay…..and by the way, he can then sit out training camp as well.”

  4. Rosenhaus is poison. Anyone that takes him on as a new agent has to get a new contract with someone if the agent is to get paid. Mention Rosenhaus as your new agent and you will be gone.

  5. Whined his way out of Philly. I will be a little shocked if he gets a huge guaranteed contract for more than two years. I would guess 8 to 10 million guaranteed.

  6. He’s not worth 5.5 million and that is the reason no one claimed him off of waivers.

  7. Wish you well, Evan…thanks for the years you played in Philly. But, frankly, I see this as a no-win situation for you and the Eagles.

  8. I’ll translate: We way overplayed our hand. No one is offering anything close to what Evan was guaranteed to make with the Eagles. Hoping an injury makes a team more desperate for a 34 yo guard who missed 7 games with injury last year.

  9. ““It’s wide open and there’s a lot of interest in Evan,” Rosenhaus said.”

    Typical Rosenhaus spin doctor crap. Worst agent representing NFL players in 2015, he doesn’t seem to realize his strong arm tactics of the 90’s & early 2000’s no longer work. Players should beware of signing with this guy unless he starts to show the wherewithal that he can remake himself into a modern NFL agent. Someone that understands the business has changed considerably.

  10. We have God’s Running Back in Carlos Hyde

    To go along with God’s Quarterback in Colin Kaepernick

    Along with God’s Linebacker in Aldon Smith

    Coached by God’s Head Coach in Jim Tomsula

    All part of God’s Team in the San Francisco 49ers!

    Embrace our dynasty

    Minimum 5 rings in the next 8-10 years

    13-3 at worst and a home SB Championship this year!

    We make boats to ride on the river of tears from the haters!

    I could not ask for a better franchise to root for!

    We are God’s Team!

    #NinersDynasty
    #RedAndGoldEmpire
    #BowToNorthernCal
    #WhoHasItBetterThanUs
    #NoOne

  11. It appear his agent has caused him to be jobless by leaking that “offer” from last year and destroying any trust with the Eagles. If Mathis was smart he would change agents now. Rosenhaus has caused more problems for more players since his Trophy wife situation.

    Getting 5.5 mill or better is wishful thinking for someone his age and his actual production numbers were not so great last year. A comparison was made w/ & w/o him on field made possible by his 7 week absence b/c of injury ~ he was slightly worse than the backups. ESPN Stats also confirmed some glaring decline in his production last year while on field.

    Doubt he gets a deal for more than 1 year. Sad because he has been a great player. Rosenhaus really screwed Mathis on this one.

  12. Another bad contract Howie Roseman gave out in 2012. It wasn’t that the Eagles wouldn’t give him more money it was Chip wanted him to take a pay cut. Bill Polian Rules never pay guards or nose tackles you can get bodies off the street to play those positions.

  13. rosenhaus is sitting with his 2 ex-eagles clients, McCoy and mathis, at a south beach Oceanside café. between bites of grouper, McCoy says, “you see man, I told you Kelly gets rid of all the good black players.” to which rosenhaus replies, “lesean, you stupid soft RB who avoids contact and carries the ball like a loaf of bread….mathis is white.” to which McCoy replies, “yeah, that’s right ! you were at that Kenny Chesney concert with riley cooper ! you freakin cracker !”

  14. The money will be near the $5M, but the problem is Drew and Player want a long term deal. Not happening for a 34 year old. The Dolphins already explored a One year and they declined. My guess is as soon as a Starter goes down to injury in Pre-Season he gets signed. Philly did the right thing and so did the Dolphins. The Raiders, Brown, Titans and Jags have a ton of Cap Space. Just sayin

  15. If he was worth 5.5 million a season he would of been claimed off waivers.

    Look at Tampa. They’re in desperate need of O line help and have the cap space and they passed.

    Same for Oakland, the Giants, Broncos, San Fran, Carolina, Indy, and just about every team in the league not named the Cowboys, Ravens, Browns, steelers, or cardinals.

    Long story short, you’re not getting a giant new contract when no one wanted to take a 1 year 5.5 million dollar one for a guard 2 years removed from retirement.

  16. Mathis would solidify the Fins oline and is a major upgrade over Dallas Thomas! SIGN HIM NOW! CHRISK61, I’m offended with that cracker statement! Since I look like a cracker!

  17. @Carl Gray you are a troll and an idiot. Your record at best this year will be 8-8 and I’m thinking maybe 6-10 or 7-9 is reasonable for your pathetic excuse for a football team. There’s a reason all your players are retiring and it’s because you guys are horrible.

  18. If the Titans were smart, they would sign him for two years and give their new rookie QB a fighting chance.
    Mathis may have to settle for less than 5.5 million though.

  19. “If he was worth 5.5 million a season he would of been claimed off waivers.”

    I didn’t think vested vets had to pass through waivers in the offseason.

    33-yr-old proven starters aren’t always rushing to sign before training camp starts if the same offers they’re getting in June are likely to still be on the table come Aug. Needy teams now will still be needy. And injuries can increase the need.

    Certainly won’t shock me to see him sign a 2-yr deal that puts $5.5M or more in his pocket in 2015, before all is said and done.

  20. Mathis is a decent drive blocker but will have to line up with a stout Tackle his pass blocking is weak.

  21. wikipediasaidso says:
    Jun 14, 2015 10:51 AM
    “If he was worth 5.5 million a season he would of been claimed off waivers.”

    I didn’t think vested vets had to pass through waivers in the offseason.

    33-yr-old proven starters aren’t always rushing to sign before training camp starts if the same offers they’re getting in June are likely to still be on the table come Aug. Needy teams now will still be needy. And injuries can increase the need.

    Certainly won’t shock me to see him sign a 2-yr deal that puts $5.5M or more in his pocket in 2015, before all is said and done.
    =====

    It’s actually extremely rare that 33+ year old guards get deals that average 5.5M dollars. He may get a deal that with bonuses included puts $5.5M in his pocket this season, but I would be stunned if he gets one that would put $11M in his pocket over the next two years, which is what he had in Philly.

    That said, I never blame players for fighting for what they think they’re worth, but there is risk involved, as I believe Mathis is about to find out.

  22. Eagles fan claiming he’s about washed up because of his age. He was a top player last year, and BR’s second rated guard.
    Whatever keeps the Chip narrative alive guys. He’s a true genius, you hope.

  23. Players that have less than four years of experience are “waived” those such as Mathis with over four years of experience are cut and able to make their own deal with any team, so he will get the money he wants because there are five plus teams out there that are in desperate need of a pro bowl linemen!

  24. Is it just me or does Drew Rosenthal lose these players money? I can’t wait to compare Mathis new deal to his old one.

    They hold out, get cut, miss training camps, sign for lower pay and less years. Michael Bennett better wake up because Seattle isn’t tearing up its deal one year in.

  25. First team that guarantees 2 years at $10mm wins, or loses if you don’t think he will be as good as he ages. I think he can still perform at 34 and 35, not unheard if for guard.

  26. 34 years old, this guy will be eating baby food in 2 years. The question is, will it be gourmet baby food or junk store brand?

  27. Translation:

    Nobody has stepped forward with the money I am demanding. So I’ll create the illusion that we are a HOT commodity and pondering over “several offers”

  28. He was a very average journeyman guard before he went to the Birds and fit in Howard Mud’s system. He is not a power/drive run blocker but rather he pulls well and with good leverage And angles. He is NOT a fit in many schemes and has to go to a similar zone blocking scheme like the one than rescued his csreer. Good luck finding $11 million for two years with those conditions. Plus don’t forget he played next to Jason Peters who is a beast.

  29. With all sports articles, I usually skip to the second paragraph right away. If it begins with “his agent, Drew Rosenhaus,” I usually just skip the article because it will only wind up making me mad or depressed.

  30. Carl Gray, God does have a team; they’ve been undefeated for a few millennia & definitely don’t waste time on blocking & tackling games. Let’s not get carried away in the description of your favorite sports teams & the importance of their records in Heaven.

  31. Everyone on this thread please look up how waivers work. He hasn’t been claimed because he was never on them. The wire is for players who have been in the league 4 years or less.

  32. We’ll see how good Evan Mathis is when he doesn’t have Jason Peters on one side and Jason Kelce on the other. Probably about as good as he was before he got to Philly, which was not very.

  33. We have God’s Running Back in Carlos Hyde

    To go along with God’s Quarterback in Colin Kaepernick

    Along with God’s Linebacker in Aldon Smith

    Coached by God’s Head Coach in Jim Tomsula

    All part of God’s Team in the San Francisco 49ers!

    Embrace our dynasty

    Minimum 5 rings in the next 8-10 years

    13-3 at worst and a home SB Championship this year!

    We make boats to ride on the river of tears from the haters!

    I could not ask for a better franchise to root for!

    We are God’s Team!

    #NinersDynasty
    #RedAndGoldEmpire
    #BowToNorthernCal
    #WhoHasItBetterThanUs
    #NoOne

    ——————————-
    This is really getting old. Aren’t you able to come up with something original, and different?
    You say the same thing about every team. It’s done. Mix it up a little r something. Please.

  34. A lot of comments about age (34 during the year) and how much guards make (5 million) and I agree with all that. If he keeps quiet and reports and plays he makes his salary during the year and he may make a lot less on the open market. Do any of the Eagles fans out there think that he (and his agent) kept talking because he wanted out? Better now that at the end of camp (for both sides); the Eagles can set the O-line and he can go find a team.

  35. Evan welcome to the real business side of the NFL. It’s called reality. I am sure you will make a roster but I am also sure you not be paid more then what you would have made in a Philly

    Drew and you rolled the dice and here we are. Drew turned down the million extra for a few reasons
    1 the season had not started yet and never did he imagine you would be injured and miss 7 games. Again, a roll if the dice
    2 Philly changed their GM then see #1
    3!prior to the start if the 2014!season Perhaps some GMs were interested if you were released. But see #1 and those interested GMs lost interest
    4 once you were injured nobody was willing to pay you more then Philly and nobody was willing to give a draft pick up for you
    5 you played in between two players that covered most of your mistakes
    6 would love to have what the people at PFF are smoking who rated you the second best guard in the NFL
    7 best of luck , honest here do wish you the best
    8 dump the slick haired shoe salesman and his “ace” brother from jersey as your reps. You are too good to be represented by the two snake oil sales boys.

  36. I put the article through one of those computer translators that has been trained to speak Rosenhaus and here is what it said:

    “we’re not in a hurry to make a deal
    [that hasn’t yet materialized],
    and it may take a while
    [for the stink to wear off my negotiating strategy].
    I’m fighting for my client
    [fee and hoping someone – anyone – will be silly enough to make an offer after the mess I have made].

    “That said, Evan is a great
    [thorn in my side when I have to face the]
    player.

    We felt like we had an offer from
    [that we could use as leverage against]
    the Eagles.

    “They pulled
    [a page straight out of my bag of tricks when they rescinded]
    the offer.

    My client
    [is furious with me, and the only faint hope I have to retain ANY credibility as an agent is to grovel for even the most meager offer, which at this point]
    will be fine.

  37. Translation: nobody is interested in paying Evan more than scrub money for a guard that’s 34 and on his last legs.

  38. He’ll land somewherer for good money. Giants need help, Denver is almost desperate and even the Raiders need to spend some dough. He can wait and pick his spot, not beg for a job.

  39. Apparently the 49ers contacted him, and then he suddenly started contemplating retirement…

  40. “We’ll see how good Evan Mathis is when he doesn’t have Jason Peters on one side and Jason Kelce on the other. Probably about as good as he was before he got to Philly, which was not very.”

    He could be sandwiched between two other pro bowlers with the Fins. I heard today that they were one of the teams that came calling.

    Also heard that the Eagles now have lost 4 of their 7 top offensive players now.

  41. Not one team was willing to trade for him because of his age and salary demands. What makes them think he will get more than 5.5 mil is beyond me. There will be other aged vets that can fill a stop gap role when cuts start to happen, for a lot cheaper at that.

  42. As a player with more than 4 years in the NFL, Mathis was not subject to waivers, therefore when the Eagles cut him, he was a free agent. He has been whining for 2 years that he wanted a new contract. Chip allowed them to seek a trade and no one wanted to trade for him or his contract. As someone else said, Rosenhaus and him overplayed their hand–the same way Rosenhaus overplayed it with McCoy. Kelly wanted McCoy to rework his contract so that they could get a couple of decently-priced DBs that they sorely needed and McCoy said he was open but “I won’t take less money”. That opened the door for his trade to Buffalo. Plus Kelly got tired of him dancing in the backfield and losing yards. If Chris Polk had been healthy against the 49ers and Cards, they would have run the ball when they had it at the 1 yard line both times with chances to win those games.

  43. Agents are paid to advertise their product. Drews saying Half a dozens teams contacted him already. I dont buy that. I think he’s just saying that to create leverage.
    Mathis is 33. I don’t teams will want to pay him want he’s asking for. He’ll get backup pay at his age

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