Story first appeared on examiner.com on June 11, 2015.
The relationship between the Philadelphia Eagles and offensive guard Evan Mathis was one that could be closely related to a MTV reality show as of late. Thursday afternoon the two finally called it quits, first reported by Ian Rappaport of NFL Network.
The Eagles released the 33-year old after months and months of trade speculation and rumors of an unhappy Mathis.
The University of Alabama product spent four seasons in the City of Brotherly Love, making the Pro Bowl in two of them.
Mathis has been holding out of OTAs as he has requested a trade for most of the offseason, but head coach and personnel head Chip Kelly has not done much about it.
The release comes just one week before Mathis could be fined for not report as mandatory mini-camp begins. NJ.com’s Matt Lombardo talked about the rocky road the Eagles and Mathis have been going down together.
A release seemed to be imminent as it is the only real solution for both sides. Mathis didn’t want to be in Philly anymore and the Eagles could not seem to move him.
Mathis released this tweet Thursday afternoon after the reports of his release came across the wire.
The departure of Mathis is just another move by Kelly, which shows that he does not care about big names, big contracts or really players overall. He cares about winning and doing it in the most efficient way possible, both physically and financially.
The Eagles will save $4.5 million with the release.
Mathis hopes to get paid, but he would be lucky to get as good a deal as he had with the Eagles. Although he did make the Pro Bowl last season, he also missed eight games with a sprained MCL. Mathis will certainly get another shot, but don’t be so certain it will come with the money he thinks it will.
For the Eagles, they now need to find a replacement. Mathis was an above-average offensive guard in the NFL today. The birds don’t have an obvious replacement inside the NovaCare Complex as of June 11 at 4 p.m., but with Chip Kelly you never know what is next.