The agent of Eagles guard Evan Mathis, Drew Rosenhaus (a name Philadelphia fans are certainly familiar with), recently appeared on a Miami radio show and had some interesting things to say about his client.
According to Rosenhaus, the Eagles have given him permission to shop Mathis. This isn't news. The veteran guard has reportedly been seeking a new contract since last year and the Eagles haven't been interested in negotiating with Mathis. But Rosenhaus did reveal a new tidbit that previously went unreported:
"We thought we had a trade with another team leading up to the [2015 NFL] Draft. It was not the Dolphins. It kind of fell through based on what the team did in the draft but right now it doesn’t appear the Dolphins are a strong possibility. We’ve never really gotten close on a trade with the Dolphins."
This is interesting because it was Chip Kelly who, right after the NFL Draft, said the Eagles haven't received any offers for Mathis since he's been made available. It sounds like Rosenhaus thought a deal was actually going to get done at one point, though.
It's also interesting because Rosenhaus didn't mention the team who was involved. He just said it wasn't the Dolphins. Could it have been the Detroit Lions, who reportedly showed some interest before drafting Laken Tomlinson in the first round? A number of other potential Mathis suitors may have addressed their offensive line needs through the draft.
In any case, a deal wasn't done. Mathis is choosing not to attend voluntary workouts and it's unclear when this situation will reach a conclusion. The 33-year-old guard is required to report to Philadelphia in mid-June during manadatory minicamp or else be fined for not attending.