Evan Mathis: I’m ready for my best year yet

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Now that Evan Mathis is on the open market after his release by the Eagles, teams have to weigh whether or not they want to make a bid for the 33-year-old as a free agent.

One thing they’ll do before making that call is look at film of Mathis’s 2014 play for Philly, something that Doug Farrar of SI.com did this week with the help of Mathis himself. In an interesting piece that’s worth a read in full, Mathis breaks down five plays that appeared to be poor ones for Mathis last season to provide insight into what he was supposed to do on the play and what went right or wrong in the execution.

Farrar was left with the opinion that Mathis would fit best on a team that runs “a zone-blocking system with a lot of slide protection and combo blocks” to take advantage of his quickness and Mathis sent a message to teams considering making a run at signing him in the coming weeks.

“My body of work was limited last year due to the injury,” Mathis said. “I’m very much ready to come back strong for an entire season and have my best year yet. I’ll listen to the age talk when I lose a step.”

We should find out soon which teams are willing to make that bet on Mathis.

58 responses to “Evan Mathis: I’m ready for my best year yet

  1. So once the dust settles and Mathis signs a one year deal for about $3 million, will he try to sue his agent for costing him upwards of $8 million? It’s a shame because he is a very bright guy who followed some really stupid advice. Both the Eagles and Mathis are worse off because of his ill advised ploy for more money.

  2. New rule: always pick up players humbled by Chip Kelly. They always seemed super motivated to proove him wrong the next season.

  3. niners816 says:
    Jun 19, 2015 3:22 PM
    We could use him with the Niners…we could use a new owner, too. Biggest tool in the NFL.

    Your owner isn’t the biggest tool in the nfl. He’s just representing his fan base.

  4. Well, injury is at times an indication of age Evan. 33 year old guards seldom ‘cash in’ so don’t hold your breath. Not sure what he can reasonably expect. The pro bowl nod last year is kind of silly having only played 9 games.

  5. The Dolphins need a real Guard. Their last real Guard got canned for threatening to crap into another player’s mouth.

  6. He sounds like a scheme fit for the Bears, who may be looking for options if they feel the time is right to move Kyle Long to T. The thing is though, one-year deals at or near veteran minimum are all the Bears are likely to be handing out to 33-year old players right now.

  7. How stupid is Chip Kelly when mathis will end up signing on the open market for a 1 year $3M deal? He’s stupid for not overpaying a player that was overplaying his hand and being a distraction?

  8. Miami Dolphins could use him, no state income taxes, he would make more then a high tax state, and have the ocean to fish and nice weather come Jan when the fish make post season, it could happen, of course I will believe it when I see it. Bill

  9. number1hawkfan says:
    Jun 19, 2015 3:36 PM
    niners816 says:
    Jun 19, 2015 3:22 PM
    We could use him with the Niners…we could use a new owner, too. Biggest tool in the NFL.

    Your owner isn’t the biggest tool in the nfl. He’s just representing his fan base.
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    I’d like to know more about your fanbase, but there’s a 3 year minimum on being a fan…you don’t apply.

  10. Good player and a good guy. Wish he was still on the Eagles. I know this is not realistic…but they should bring him back at a reduced salary but offer to meet the incentives he has been asking for. This way, if his age fails him, the Eagles will be on the hook for even less money than before. And if the incentives include team success as well as performance, and he achieves them, then it will be worth the money. Win/Win. But…I know…stoopid idea.

  11. I don’t see any way a team offers him more than $4 million for this season. So maybe Mathis should think about changing agents bc I have a feeling Rosenhaus just cost his client atleast a few million by insisting Mathis deserved more than almost every guard in the league at 33 (soon to be 34) and coming off an injury plagued campaign. Not only that but Mathis would’ve been a fairly compensated key piece on an Oline with the potential to be right up there behind Dallas.

    It’s truly a shame bc Mathis is a good guy, personable, (usually) smart, and he let that clown of an agent poison his mind.

    And if you’re saying this was all bc of Chips ego you obviously have no understanding of the damage Rosenhaus has done to the Eagles (ie TO, who could’ve been an all time great Eagle; along with plenty of others).

    Mathis will lose money and the Eagles will be without their two former pro bowl guards next season… Lose/Lose if you ask me.

    THANK YOU DREW YOU CLOWN!
    I wish you luck Evan but you made a mistake in forcing Chips hand here.

  12. I think this guy over estimated and over played his hand. 5mil+ for an aging guard coming off an injury although he did make the pro bowl was a solid deal. He’ll find that out shortly.

  13. jackwagon says:
    Jun 19, 2015 3:23 PM
    He’s going to follow Andy to KC. And they need the O-line help.

    KC has like, a million in cap space.

  14. He’s done.

    I like Evan, seems like a nice guy, so I hope he finds a sucker to pay him big bucks, at least this year, because they’ll probably cut him before next year starts.

  15. WeaponX says:Jun 19, 2015 4:30 PM

    jackwagon says:
    Jun 19, 2015 3:23 PM
    He’s going to follow Andy to KC. And they need the O-line help.

    KC has like, a million in cap space.
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    As others have said…he’s 33, he’s not getting a big contract.

  16. sdchicken says:
    Jun 19, 2015 3:32 PM
    New rule: always pick up players humbled by Chip Kelly. They always seemed super motivated to proove him wrong the next season.
    ======

    By “they” I assume you mean Desean Jackson, because he’s the ONLY player to this point who has actually proven to be any good post-eagles.

  17. This dude lost so much money by listening to Drew Rosentool. Who the hell is going to pay this guy more than the Eagles could pay him?

  18. To the Denver and Miami fans that want him, you had him how did that work out ?

  19. What else is an almost 34 year old football player going to say when he is out of a job and expects 5+ million. What a laugh

  20. 6 teams already contacted Rosenhaus, but he wants a 2-3 year deal and no takers so far at $8M!. The Dolphins already offered $5.5 for one year and were Declined!!! Mr. Mathis stay in shape because you wont get a call until a Starting Guard goes down to injury next month or Teams like the Dolphins feel their young Draftees cant do the Job and get desperate. Either way, you will be playing, most likely for near your asking price and you get to avoid the gruel of Summer Camp. Win, Win, Win. Chip Kelly may or may not be a fool, but he had no choice. Mathis will win in the end.

  21. This guy is obviously dumb as a brick if he is taking advice from Drew Rosenhouse.

  22. Saints. Play guard next to one of the best centers in football in a zone blocking scheme that will let you get out and run over people on screen plays. And block for one of the greatest QB’s to ever lace ’em up.

  23. He needs to lower his asking price and stop listening to Drew or he will spend his ‘best year yet’ on the couch wondering why the phone isn’t ringing.

  24. The NEWS is coming out . . now,

    Evan Mathis reportedly wants to be the highest paid guard in the NFL.

    Mathis wanted 3 million dollar raise.
    16M for 2 years, a $3 million raise to $8.5 million this year.

    Good Luck with that Evan
    but . . thanks for the memories

  25. He did an interview on 97.5 the Fanatic in Philadelphia today and he sounded like he had a lot of regret in his voice and in his answers. I think he realized he overplayed his hand. It sucks because it didn’t have to go this. He should be an Eagle this year. Should of never hired that weasel Rosenhaus.

  26. sdchicken says:Jun 19, 2015 3:32 PM

    New rule: always pick up players humbled by Chip Kelly. They always seemed super motivated to proove him wrong the next season.

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    Totally. It definitely worked for the one guy that’s happened too so far. His team went 4-12 and his numbers weren’t close to what he put up under Chip Kelly. Good rule.

  27. “Kelly made this scrub good”

    This guy was the product of Mudd & Reid, Mudd made this guy a pro bowl player. All Kelly did was inherit him & start him.

  28. 33, soon to be 34 y.o. lineman coming off an injury plagued year? If you ask me, a risky proposition.

  29. Go to Buffalo Evan. You and Incognito would be the best guard combo in the NFL. You both could show many 30 something thinking is old is a thing of the past. Seriously , best guard combo in the NFL bar none.

  30. McNabb and Dawkins were great but not when they left. The 4 best players who have left the Eagles over the last decade are no doubt T.O. Desean, Lesean, and Mathis. Guess who there agent was? Yup Rosenhaus.

  31. “Ten teams want him. I just read on some report.”

    An hour later the report added that the info came from his agent…

  32. Miami could use him big time. We need a big time Guard. Only for the right price though.

  33. fanofpft says:

    Ten teams want him. I just read on some report.

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    Yeah, according to his agent.

    He’s a good source.

  34. he’s either a Giant or a Redskin. guys blood is boiling to get back at Philly as often as possible. regardless, going to be a great get for whomever lands him

  35. Saw someone above mention the Bears signing him. As a Bears fan I would love that, but the Bears are far from a playoff team, Mathis isn’t going anywhere that isn’t playoff bound.

  36. In pros ports people tend to back off players older than his age. in the real world, where most of us live, he’s just young enough to start over if he had to

  37. bigbwoy000 says:
    Jun 19, 2015 6:15 PM

    “Kelly made this scrub good”

    This guy was the product of Mudd & Reid, Mudd made this guy a pro bowl player. All Kelly did was inherit him & start him.
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    He was never a pro bowler or an all-pro until Chip Kelly was his coach. Fact. Don’t just say things.

  38. See you off the Beltway Mr. Mathis. You can join your old #10 now wearing #11 & face your ex-ownership & HC twice per season in reminding them that releasing you was a big error in judgement!!! HTTR

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