Today, the Eagles flat out cut Mathis, making him a free agent that can sign with any team.
How good is Mathis? He's this good.
Evan Mathis was our top graded OG from 2011-13, and was 2nd last year in just 9 games. Best OG in the game now available. #OnYourMarks— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 11, 2015
Mathis is pretty much the best guard in the game right now, and there's likely going to be a big bidding war for his services. He was reportedly staying away from the Eagles' Organized Team Activities because he wanted an increase in salary. He was slated to make around $5.5 million this coming season.
Now, I don't know if the Minnesota Vikings will be one of the teams pursuing Mathis, but man. . .they ought to be. I know the team likes T.J. Clemmings as a potential starter at right guard and there are some other folks in the picture at that position as well. But man. . .Mathis would be a huge upgrade at the position for this team.
Then again, if he was staying away because he wanted a bump in pay from $5.5 million, I'm guessing that's a whole lot more than the Vikings are willing to spend at this point. Still, it would be a pleasant surprise.
It's not every day that a guy that might be the best player in the National Football League at his position suddenly finds themselves out of a job. But, it's happened today with the Philadelphia Eagles releasing Evan Mathis.