The Eagles offered Evan Mathis a restructured contract in Sept. 2014 that could have increased his yearly salary $1 million, but he declined the new deal that was full of incentives, and now the team has taken the offer off the table, Jeff McLane of te Philadelphia Inquirer reports citing NFL sources.
The original offer came when Howie Roseman was general manager. It also came before the 2014 season when Mathis missed seven games with a knee injury, but returned and was still voted into his second straight Pro Bowl.
Chip Kelly was given full authority over personnel this offseason and the explanation given to Mathis, according to sources close to the situation, was that the previous offer was from the old regime.
Mathis has missed all of spring voluntary workouts, and risks getting fined around $70,000 should he skip next week’s three-day mandatory minicamp. Kelly was asked on Tuesday if Mathis had expressed to the Eagles his interest for a new deal.
“We’re not going to discuss any players’ contracts,” Kelly said. “We never have, never will.”
Kelly said that he hasn’t spoken to Mathis this offseason. Asked how he would proceed if Mathis continued to miss time, Kelly said, “We’ll just take it as it comes.”
BREAKING: @EvanMathis69 won’t say if he plans to attend mandatory Eagles minicamp next week. Must credit me if using this scoop. Thanks.
— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) June 10, 2015