If you were hoping for some good news about the Evan Mathis situation, prepare to be disappointed. ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, who is very plugged in when it comes to the Eagles, shared the following thoughts in appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic on Friday evening:
The latest update on @EvanMathis69: "as far as the Eagles are concerned he has 3 years left on his contract." - @caplannfl— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) June 5, 2015
" @EvanMathis69, as far as my understanding, is looking for a SLIGHT pay increase & incentives if he makes the pro bowl" - @caplannfl— 975TheFanatic (@975TheFanatic) June 5, 2015
.@caplannfl: The #Eagles don't have to do anything with Evan Mathis' contract, they aren't going to, is my understanding. @975TheFanatic— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) June 5, 2015
.@caplannfl: I've been asked about Mathis' future many times and I would be pretty pessimistic about him being on the team this fall.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardo975) June 5, 2015
Mathis has reportedly been seeking a raise for over a year now. The Eagles have obviously shown no interest in rewarding the 33-year-old guard. The team has made him available for trade, but according to Chip Kelly the Eagles have received no offers.
The fact that Caplan feels pessisimistic certainly isn't a good sign. As noted above, he's a very reliable reporter. A report from CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher earlier this offseason indicated the Eagles could release Mathis if the team is unable to trade him. Mathis is a good player so cutting him obviously wouldn't be ideal, especially since there isn't great depth behind him.
It remains to be seen how this situation plays out.