According to multiple reports, Eagles Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis is still on the trade block. These trade rumors first materialized a few weeks ago in early March.
Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports that Philadelphia intends to use the NFL owner's meetings in order to heat up trade talks.
"The Eagles are still trying to trade Pro Bowl offensive lineman Evan Mathis, and are expected to pick up efforts during the three-day gathering of head coaches, front office executives and owners.
The team's intention to trade Mathis comes from a person familiar with the situation but who requested anonymity.
If the Eagles are unable to trade Mathis, it is unclear if he will be back with the team. They have been trying to trade him since free agency started. Mathis returning to the team next season has not been ruled out."
Jim Corbett of USA TODAY is separately reporting that Mathis' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is actively looking for a landing spot for the veteran guard.
"Drew Rosenhaus is here at Arizona owners meetings looking for a team fit for Philadelphia Eagles G Evan Mathis who is on the trade block."
Mathis has a $6.5 million salary cap figure for 2015. The Eagles could be looking to save more cap space by trading him. Mathis, who turns 34 in November, is currently projected to be the oldest starting guard in the NFL. Last year there was talk that Mathis wanted a raise.
Trading Mathis wouldn't be a popular move because he's a fan-favorite and he's played well in recent years. The team is apparently looking to get younger and less expensive up front. If Mathis is traded, the Eagles will need two new starting offensive guards for 2015 and beyond.