August 25, 2015
Ever since Chip Kelly and the Eagles released him in June, Evan Mathis has been a man without a team to play for. Despite being viewed extremely highly in some football circles (Pro Football Focus comes to mind), teams apparently weren't clamoring to pay a soon-to-be 34-year-old guard the type of money that Mathis was reportedly seeking. Finally, the two-time Pro Bowler has found a landing spot with only a couple of weeks remaining before the regular season starts:
Evan Mathis’ deal is worth $4mil with incentives. He turned a $5.5mil deal down from another team because he wanted to play for a contender— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 25, 2015
From @AdamSchefter and me -- Mathis get $2.5 million base, incentives worth $1.5 million and include snap percentage.— Jeff Legwold (@Jeff_Legwold) August 25, 2015
Letting Mathis go was a risk for the Eagles, who didn't acquire more line depth in free agency or the draft. From a financial perspective, Mathis sitting out the team's organized team activities has backfired, as he was originally scheduled to make $5.5 million from the Eagles in 2015.
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