According to multiple reports, the Eagles, one of the busiest teams at both signing and moving players in the last week, are willing to trade Mathis, who tweeted after those reports Thursday that it was an “boring day on Twitter.”
Mathis, at 33 years old a 10-year veteran of the league and two-time Pro Bowler, is scheduled to make $5.5 million in base salary in 2015 and $6 million in 2016, but the Vikings have a need at left guard after releasing Charlie Johnson. They also re-signed Joe Berger, who started the final nine games of 2014 for an injured Brandon Fusco at right guard.
The Vikings aren’t alone in their pursuit. The Dolphins, St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints were also mentioned as possible suitors in the CBS report, and the Miami Herald confirmed the Dolphins’ interest.
Mathis has started every game he played over the last four years with the Eagles but missed seven games last year after suffering a medial collateral injury in his left knee in the season opener. Prior to joining the Eagles, he was with the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008-10 when Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was their defensive coordinator. He was also with the Carolina Panthers in 2007, when Vikings offensive line coach Jeff Davidson was their offensive coordinator, so there are plenty of Minnesota connections for Mathis.
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