Eagles Wake-Up Call: The State Of the O-Line

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles’ offensive line situation took a hit Thursday evening as the team released Pro Bowl left guard Evan Mathis.

The move is puzzling because the team had all the leverage here. Mathis was under contract, and as Tim reported, he was planning on showing up to mandatory minicamp next week. Would he have been happy? Maybe not. But Mathis was in the exact same situation last year. He still showed up, played his butt off and was consistent and dependable once again.

Why then cut ties with him when there are no obvious replacements on the roster? Read more »

Eagles Release Evan Mathis

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles released Evan Mathis on Thursday, league sources confirmed.

The All-Pro guard was unhappy with the five-year, $25.5 million deal he signed back in 2012, and was asking for a raise that paid him closer to what the other top players at his position were making. The Eagles granted agent Drew Rosenhaus permission to seek a trade each of the last two offseasons, but nothing developed.

Mathis stayed away from the voluntary portion of the spring workouts including OTAs, which wrapped Thursday. Next week is the team’s mandatory minicamp. The big question heading in was whether Mathis would show or stand firm and absorb the $60,000 fine. Mathis told us that he did plan on attending minicamp, but does not believe the team was aware of his intentions.

The Eagles, clearly, were ready to move on, and decided to pull the trigger after exhausting their trade options.

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Players Say ‘Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind’ With Mathis

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Asked about the absence of Evan Mathis, Zach Ertz invoked a saying Jim Harbaugh used during their time together at Stanford.

“I hate to say it, but a college coach of mine said, ‘Out of sight, out of mind’, and that’s kind of what we have,” said Ertz. “We have a very good group of offensive linemen. I have a lot of faith in them. Obviously I love Evan, I wish he was here, but at the same time we’re focused on the guys that are here.

“At the beginning of the offseason guys would talk about it, but now that the grind is going ,and we’re running our butts off each and every day. We’re focused on the guys that are out here.” Read more »

Weekend Reading: A Role For Sproles

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here are some Eagles-related links worth checking out this weekend.

Jeff McLane of the Inquirer wonders if Chip Kelly can find a bigger role for Darren Sproles in his offense:

Sproles was second on the team in carries (57) to McCoy (312) during the season, but after [LeSean] McCoy was traded to the Bills and [DeMarco] Murray and [Ryan] Mathews were brought in, Kelly spoke of more evenly distributing the workload.

Performance would seem to be the ultimate decider in how Kelly doles out playing time. But Sproles averaged 2.1 yards per snap to McCoy’s 1.9, 5.8 yards per rush to McCoy’s 4.2, and 9.7 yards per catch to McCoy’s 5.5 last season.
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Eagles To Check Out G Chris Chester

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

UPDATE: Chester has reportedly signed with the Falcons.

The Eagles are bringing in veteran offensive lineman Chris Chester for a visit, according to Adam Caplan. 

Chester (6-3, 303), a second-round pick by the Ravens back in 2006, has started 111 games over his career, including 46 straight at right guard for Washington the last four years.  He was released by Washington on Wednesday in a move that will reportedly save the team $4 million in cap money.

According to NFL.com, Chester “was an ill fit for Jay Gruden‘s power-blocking scheme and he struggled in 2014.”

Perhaps he would be a better fit in Philly. Read more »

Source: Mathis Absent For Start Of OTAs

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Evan Mathis did not show up for the start of the Eagles’ Organized Team Activities Tuesday, a league source confirmed. CSN’s Derrick Gunn was first with the news.

The Pro Bowl guard has not participated in the team’s offseason training program to date. Spring workouts are voluntary. The first time players are obligated to be in attendance is for the team’s mandatory minicamp from June 16-18. Should he skip those, he’ll face a hefty penalty. Read more »

Eagles Wake-UP Call: OTAs Begin

Chip Kelly

Today marks the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) for the Eagles. What are OTAs? Non-contact practices, basically. Now in Phase Three of the offseason conditioning program, the team is allowed to engage in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

A total of 10 practices are permitted over the next several weeks. The Eagles’ OTA schedule breaks down as follows: Read more »

Notes: Trades Still Possible For Kendricks, Mathis?

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

After the draft, Chip Kelly was pretty adamant in his assertion that Mychal Kendricks was not going to be traded.

With Evan Mathis, he was far more open, explaining that Mathis has been on the block for two years, and the Eagles have not received an offer.

Since the draft, Kendricks has shown up for offseason workouts, while Mathis remains missing. The question now is: Will both guys be on the field when the season starts in September?

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com believes the answer is no: Read more »

Kelly, Mathis And the O-line Situation

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

A back-and-forth between Chip Kelly and the media about the state of the offensive line eventually landed on Evan Mathis. The All-Pro guard is unhappy with his contract and has chosen to stay away for the beginning of voluntary workouts.

Does Chip Kelly expect him back eventually?

“That’s a question for Evan,” Kelly replied.

If there is uncertainty about Mathis’ intentions, how do you decide whether trading him is the answer?

“We have never had an offer for Evan so there is nothing to take,” Kelly replied. “Evan has been available to trade for two years now and we have never had an offer for him. That’s through his agent [Drew Rosenhaus] and him. They’ve asked us if he can renegotiate a contract and see what he can get and we’ve obliged them with that, but we’ve never had an offer on him.” Read more »

Evan Mathis To Skip Start Of Spring Workouts

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Evan Mathis will not be in attendance for the start of the Eagles’ offseason training program, a league source confirms.

Jeff McLane was first with the report.

Mathis’ name has been mentioned in trade speculation each of the past two offseasons. Chip Kelly told reporters at the owners meetings that, like last year, agent Drew Rosenhaus has been given the green light to seek out potential trade partners for his client. He added that the team is not actively trying to deal the All-Pro guard.

Will he be on the team?

“I hope so,” Kelly responded. Read more »

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