Philadelphia Eagles Re-Sign Guard Evan Mathis to Five-Year Deal

Five-Years for Evan Mathis!

The Philadelphia Eagles have been ghostly quiet in free agency this off-season, but are continuing to make moves in-house, with an extra emphasis on keeping veteran players around. Philly kicked off the interior moves by extending hybrid offensive lineman Todd Herremans, defensive lineman Trent Cole, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and now the team has locked-in Evan Mathis for five-years.

The Eagles nearly lost Mathis to the Baltimore Ravens, as both teams were competing for the veteran guard’s services on the open market. The 30-year old Mathis was torn trying to decide between two competitive offers, but ended up settling with Philadelphia after reviving his career with the team last year.

When Mathis started with Jason Kelce, Herremans, Jason Peters, Danny Watkins, and Michael Vick under center, the Eagles went 5-1 in 2011. He wasn’t originally brought to Philadelphia to be a starter, but managed to impress the team enough to earn a starting role. Signing him paid dividends, and Mathis was a key part of Philadelphia’s immense offensive line success throughout all of last year.

The deal is reportedly worth $25.5 million with $7 million guaranteed over five-years. In comparison, Mathis was signed to the Eagles last season for the veteran’s minimum of $735,000.

Losing Mathis would have left a massive void on the Eagles offensive line that likely would have had to be filled with a high draft pick, had he not been re-signed. Not to mention that after how well Philly’s offensive line played last season, it would have been a big loss to disrupt the chemistry the starters developed. Again — another great front office move by the Eagles.

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