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Chip Kelly hopes Evan Mathis is back, says Eagles aren't actively shopping him in a trade

Will the Eagles trade away their Pro Bowl guard?

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It's no secret that Evan Mathis' name has been floated in NFL trade rumors lately. The Pro Bowl guard himself even (indirectly) responded to them. One report indicates that the Eagles could release Mathis if they can't find a trade partner.

Philadelphia head coach Chip Kelly was asked about the Mathis rumors during his Wednesday morning media session. According to Kelly, he would like to see the veteran guard return.

The thing is, if Kelly truly wants Mathis to stay, the coach will keep him. Kelly gained full control over player personnel this offseason so it's totally his call.

Kelly also denied the Eagles are shopping Mathis, but did note that the team has given permission to Drew Rosenhaus (Mathis' agent) to seek a trade.

If Mathis doesn't return to the Eagles in 2015, the team will need two new starting guards. According to Kelly, it looks like versatile veteran Allen Barbre could be penciled in as a starter for one of those spots.

Right now, the Eagles' 2015 offensive line figures to look something like this:

Left tackle: Jason Peters
Left guard: Evan Mathis
Center: Jason Kelce
Right guard: Allen Barbre
Right tackle: Lane Johnson

Getting rid of Mathis via trade or release would obviously open up another hole with no clear replacement to step in.