The Eagles filled a major hole on offense on Wednesday. The team has reached an agreement on a three-year contract with former Chargers running back Ryan Mathews, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is worth $11.5 million with $5 million in guaranteed money.
Mathews was the 12th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played five seasons with the Chargers but missed 20 games during his tenure in San Diego due to injury. He only played in six games last season due to a sprained MCL and a sprained ankle. Mathews should be fully recovered from both injuries as he heads into his first offseason with the Eagles.
Mathews went to the Pro Bowl in 2011 after running for 1,091 rushing yards and six touchdowns. His only full 16-game season came in 2013, when he rushed for a career high 1,255 yards and six touchdowns. Mathews is also a proficient pass catcher, having collected 1,110 receiving yards while in San Diego.
Chip Kelly clearly appreciates Mathews' ability to run north-to-south, which is a big difference between him and former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy. Mathews' signing likely puts him at the top of the running back depth chart in front of Darren Sproles and presumably Chris Polk.
This signing is a risky one due to Mathews' injury history, but when healthy, he has been able to perform at a very high level.