Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Eagles nearly traded Evan Mathis during the draft.
While it’s unclear whether it was part of an effort to get quarterback Marcus Mariota or another deal, it didn’t happen. Which makes the eventual release of Mathis even more surprising.
According to the source, no serious efforts were made to trade Mathis before releasing him this week.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out who the Eagles nearly traded Mathis to. The Detroit Lions acquired guard Manny Ramirez in a trade back with the Broncos, then took guard Laken Tomlinson with the 28th pick, plugging both holes at guard with one trade and eliminating any interest they had. The thin market for Mathis' services during the draft quickly evaporated.
If it's true the Eagles did not try to trade Mathis after the draft, it's easy and fair to criticize the Eagles for not shopping Mathis around prior to releasing him. But there's little reason to believe that would have changed anything. Mathis has been available for trade for two years and no one made an offer, and once it was out that they could release him it's pretty clear to see that there was no market for Mathis.