With all due respect to the recently signed Paul McQuistan, the Cleveland Browns offensive line would look mighty nice with Evan Mathis in tow.
#Eagles have made it known Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis is available via trade, sources say. So WR DeSean Jackson is not alone on trade block
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 26, 2014
NFL Network and The Philadelphia Inquirer are reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles are willing to part with their First Team All-Pro guard. Mathis, 33, is heading into a season where he saw his left tackle and center get raises all while he has been one of the best offensive linemen in football over the last three seasons. It was, after all, just one year ago that Mathis was dubbed the team’s MVP by the local media.
The Alabama product would like a bit of an increase on his current $5 million salary—who wouldn’t? Conviniently, the Cleveland Browns have the space to make this work. They also have a cornucopia of late-round draft picks which can be packaged and moved if needed. The team has already invested in their running game by signing the top free agent at the position in former Ben Tate. What better way to show conviction than to put the game’s best left guard next to the game’s best left tackle? Sure, the cost isn’t yet known1, but 33-year-olds looking for new contracts aren’t exactly being dealt for early-round picks.Who knows? This could also be the move that would show Alex Mack that things are—finally—happening in Cleveland.
Get it done, Berea.
- Update: The Eagles reportedly want a third-rounder. [↩]