The Philadelphia Eagles have finally released Ryan Mathews, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport. This is the most shocking news you’ve heard today, I know.
Just kidding. It’s long been speculated the Eagles would release Mathews once he fully recovered from the neck injury he suffered late last season.
The Eagles save $4 million by cutting or trading Mathews. That money can be rolled over into next offseason. The team would have only saved $2.85 million in cap space if Mathews wasn’t healthy and they had to waive him with an injury settlement. Mathews’ departure also frees up a roster spot.
With Mathews gone, the remaining running backs on Philadelphia’s roster include: LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Donnel Pumphrey, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, and Byron Marshall. The Eagles will likely keep four running backs on their 53-man roster.
Mathews originally signed with Philadelphia in 2015. While talented, the soon-to-be-30-year-old veteran is very injury-prone and fumbles a lot. It was clearly time for the Eagles to move on.
UPDATE: The Eagles make it official.
Roster Move: #Eagles release RB Ryan Mathews.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) August 15, 2017
Team statement: pic.twitter.com/0tEWxoAn8c