Last offseason, when Evan Mathis was looking to restructure his contract, the Eagles gave him permission to seek a trade.
A year later, it looks like the Birds’ starting left guard could be on his way out soon.
Source close to situation confirms that @EvanMathis69 trade is indeed close.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) March 12, 2015
Mathis, 33, is signed for two more seasons. He carries a cap hit of $6.5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016. The Eagles need to get younger on the offensive line, but Mathis continued to play at a high level last season. He missed seven games with a knee injury, but returned and was probably the team’s most consistent offensive lineman.
Making matters more complicated is the fact that the Eagles let Todd Herremans go earlier this offseason. If they deal Mathis, they’ll be looking for two new starting guards. And there aren’t really many good options on the current roster.
Allen Barbre could get a shot to fill in, but he’s an unknown. Matt Tobin didn’t play well when he got a chance last year. And Andrew Gardner is not the answer.
If Mathis ends up getting traded, the Eagles will be guaranteed to have five new starters on offense from a year ago.