Evan Mathis thought about retiring, but he’s “all in” with Cardinals

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Veteran guard Evan Mathis thought about pulling a Peyton Manning, and retiring after a Super Bowl win.

But the chance to join a team which could make a similar run, so close to home, was more than he could turn down.

The former Broncos guard signed a one-year deal with the Cardinals this week, in part because he lives in Scottsdale and has a training facility there.

I don’t have to pick up my family, move across country,” Mathis said, via Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “We can stay in our routine, do what we do. I’m really excited about it, for more reasons than that.”

But he admitted the lure of retirement with a ring was strong.

“For a while, I was riding the wave of winning the Super Bowl,” he said. “I got to the point where I was OK going either way with it [retirement]. I told myself that if the right opportunity came about, where it was a contender team that offered me a contract that I thought was worth it, I’d keep playing. It’s not something I want to jump into and half-ass and get paid. I’m all in when I play football. The commitment is there if I decide to play. . . .

“I didn’t want to commit to two years and at the end of the season end up having to walk away from something that I committed to, if I decided I wasn’t going to be all-in again. So, this is the type of situation where I know I can. It’s kind of like last year, just lay it all on the line, give it everything I’ve got and go from there.”

Mathis has shown he can still play at a high level when he’s well. He had surgery since the Super Bowl to remove all the loose stuff in his right ankle, which gave him problems last year.

21 responses to “Evan Mathis thought about retiring, but he’s “all in” with Cardinals

  1. Nothing against Mathis but once you think about retirement, you can’t be all in.

  2. Make a similiar run? Did he not see their last game? They were completely outclassed on both sides of the ball the entire game.

  3. As a Cardinals fan, still trying to get used to guys taking less, money, jockeying for position and looking to AZ first as a destination.

    This begins with Michael Bidwill and we need to recognize him more for it.

  4. AZ in free agency reminds me of Denver last year. T Branch, Chandler Jones, Evan Mathis, Chris Johnson and Jermaine Gresham in house…plugging all the holes short term with vets, many Pro Bowlers, going all in to win one with their aging QB. I hope it works. The roster is as stacked as it gets in today’s NFL and they haven’t even drafted yet.

  5. jjackwagon says:
    Mar 18, 2016 9:24 AM
    Make a similiar run? Did he not see their last game? They were completely outclassed on both sides of the ball the entire game.
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    Good point. Teams never get better from one season to the next. That’s why the same two teams have played in every single super bowl.

  6. jjackwagon says:
    Mar 18, 2016 9:24 AM
    Make a similiar run? Did he not see their last game? They were completely outclassed on both sides of the ball the entire game.

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    So were the Broncos, at the end of two consecutive seasons before winning the Super Bowl.

  7. Hate to tell you this House of Cards fans, but you peaked last year and it’s only downhill from here. You’ve got $49 million in cap space invested in 3 declining players over 30, your QB is a career long choke, your defense can’t stop anybody when it counts and your GM has drafted 1 pro bowl level player, and he’s blown his knees out twice in 4 years. You lost to the only 2 good teams you played all year 36-6 and 49-15.

    You’ll be fighting with the Rams for 9-7 and a wild card.

    If you’re lucky

  8. osiris33

    Much of what you said is true… But you cannot measure the drive, the determination and the heart of an athlete ….yes draft choices in around one and two are questionable but you cannot call him a failure for the product that he’s been able to assemble on the field….2017 and on might be a different story line but this year they are favorites to win it all

  9. ……..this is the “make up money” he would have gotten from the Eagles if they had given him the raise he wanted last year. Things worked out pretty good for him though…

  10. yyc2phx says:

    osiris33

    Much of what you said is true… But you cannot measure the drive, the determination and the heart of an athlete ….yes draft choices in around one and two are questionable but you cannot call him a failure for the product that he’s been able to assemble on the field….2017 and on might be a different story line but this year they are favorites to win it all
    ———————————————————
    Carson Palmer will never win a Super Bowl.

  11. Denver had a great defensive line but an average to a below average offensive line. I think it was one of the reasons Kubiak decided to roll with Manning through the playoffs. For a good part of his career, Manning had to work with some really bad o-lines by utilizing quick passes, recognizing blitzes and adjust plays at the line, etc. This is why people who say anyone could have played QB for Denver don’t know football. If Khalil Mack sacked Osweiler 5 times in one game, he wouldn’t have finished the game against the Panther’s d-line.

  12. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says:
    Mar 18, 2016 10:46 AM

    Hate to tell you this House of Cards fans, but you peaked last year and it’s only downhill from here. You’ve got $49 million in cap space invested in 3 declining players over 30, your QB is a career long choke, your defense can’t stop anybody when it counts and your GM has drafted 1 pro bowl level player, and he’s blown his knees out twice in 4 years. You lost to the only 2 good teams you played all year 36-6 and 49-15.

    You’ll be fighting with the Rams for 9-7 and a wild card.

    If you’re lucky

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    Cards lost to the only 2 good teams we played? So the seahawks were a bad team when the cards beat them up at their house, but a good team when cards pulled their starters at halftime?

    Cards just signed one of the top pass rushers in the nfl, one of the best guards over the past 5 season. And guess what those contracts you are talking about can be redone/extended.

  13. “For a while, I was riding the wave of winning the Super Bowl,” he said.

    Should say, ““For a while, I was riding the [pine while] winning the Super Bowl,” he said, having been benched several times during the season, including in December.

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