The Philadelphia Eagles began Phase Three of their offseason workout program on Tuesday with the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs). These practices are voluntary, but most of the team is in attendance anyway. I say "most" because one player is still missing.
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The new issue of Sports Illustrated has a 5-page profile of Chip. (It's not available online unless you subscribe.) It's a must-read for Eagles fans, but how accurate is it?
According to Derrick Gunn of CSN Philly, Eagles starting left guard Evan Mathis still hasn't shown up. This isn't really a surprise because Mathis has already skipped the first two phases of Philadelphia's offseason workouts. The 33-year-old veteran has reportedly been seeking a new deal since last offseason. Chip Kelly said the Eagles have made Mathis available for trade but the team has received no offers for him.
The next key date coming up for Mathis and the Eagles is the team's mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday, June 16 and lasting until Thursday, June 18. Mathis can be fined up to $63,000 if he misses all three days. It's unclear whether he plans to report or not, but I would think he won't want to be fined.
Mathis has been a good player for the Eagles, but they're clearly not rushing to reward him with a new deal. It remains to be seen how this situation will play out.
In former Eagles news, wide receiver DeSean Jackson is absent from Washington's OTAs just one year after signing a new deal.