According to a report from Jeff McLane, Evan Mathis wasn't the only Eagles player who didn't attend the start of Philadelphia's voluntary workout program on Monday. Two other players were missing: inside linebacker Mychal Kendricks and restricted free agent running back Chris Polk.
Before the speculation begins, it's important to note once again that these workouts are not mandatory. It's far from the biggest deal that players are skipping them. At the same time, it's at least worth noting. Especially in the case of these players.
Let's start with Kendricks first. The Eagles linebacker is coming off a strong third season, when healthy, as he enters the final year of his rookie contract. The team hasn't reportedly reached out to Kendricks about a contract extension despite the fact he's now eligible for one.
Kendricks trade speculation intensified when the Eagles re-signed DeMeco Ryans to a contract this offseason. The Eagles already acquired Kiko Alonso to play at one inside linebacker spot. With Kendricks, Ryans, and Alonso in the mix, there's an obvious logjam at the position. There haven't been any reports about Kendricks being on the trade block (yet), but it's definitely something to watch as the 2015 NFL Draft draws closer.
For now, Les Bowen is reporting that Kendricks had a planned vacation and is expected to join the team soon. A quick look at Kendricks' Instagram page confirms he is on vacation.
As for Polk, he's not under contract with the team. He's a restricted free agent. The Eagles reportedly offered him the lowest-level tender but Polk hasn't signed it yet. He has until this Friday on April 24 to do so. Polk was Philadelphia's third string running back in 2013 and 2014 but the team has a crowded backfield now with DeMarco Murray, Ryan Mathews, and Darren Sproles all likely ahead of him on the depth chart.
Again, these absences are hardly a huge deal, but they're worth keeping an eye on.