This report comes just two days after it had been reported the 11-year veteran was unhappy with his contract situation after the team changed its mind about a offer to restructure the backend of his current deal in 2014. As a result, he had not appeared at the Eagles’ voluntary workouts.
Mathis joined the Eagles in 2011 after six seasons with the Carolina Panthers, who drafted him out of Alabama in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He has been consistently among the league’s best offensive lineman, earning Pro Bowl selections in each of the last two seasons.
He has made Pro Football Focus’ All-Pro Team each of the last three years. Last season, he was rated second among all NFL guards by PFF with a superb grade in pass protection and run blocking.
Now, he’s free to go wherever he chooses.
The 33-year-old was due to make $5.5 million and $6 million the next two seasons, respectively. With many teams looking to improve along the offensive line, Mathis shouldn’t be on the market for long. However, the Eagles’ decision to simply cut ties with him implies they may have been unable to find a suitable team to make a trade.
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