Eagles fans may have plenty of things to worry about in their lives but Evan Mathis holding out isn’t one of them. The Philly Inquirer’s Jeff McLane put fans’ minds at ease with his report that Mathis has shown for camp, ending speculation that he might hold out.
Mathis spurred the hold out talk himself by asking for a raise on the five-year/$25 million deal he signed in 2012. The Eagles preferred not to give him more money and instead shopped him around for a trade.
You would think that might leave hard feelings between the player and organization but apparently Mathis isn’t too cheesed because he showed up for all offseason activities and reported for camp on time.
Perhaps Mathis just realized that, at his age and with a couple years left on his deal, he doesn’t really have much chance of scoring a better contract despite his All-Pro status.
Mathis has a cap number of $6.15 million this year, but that goes up to $7 million in 2016, the last year of his deal.
The guard promised reporters in April that his contract would not be a distraction to the team. “I’m here, I’m not holding out. If I did ask for a new contract, I’m not going to tell [the media] I want a new contract.”
Mathis has started every game for the Eagles at left guard over the last two years, and is one of the best interior linemen in the league.