DeSean Jackson is not the only Philadelphia Eagles player on the trading block this offseason. There are reports that the Eagles have made it known that All-Pro guard Evan Mathis is available via trade. He is due $5.15 million in 2014, and Mathis is seeking a new deal from Philadelphia after his superb 2013 campaign.
The Eagles should think twice about dealing Mathis, who has started all 16 games the past two years for the Eagles. Mathis is one of the best interior lineman in all of football, and the Eagles can’t afford to trade him away. The Eagles’ offensive line had a horrific 2012 season, giving up 48 sacks, and the only reputable player on that line was Mathis.
There is no point to the rumor of trading him. Mathis signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in 2012. The former 2005 3rd round selection out of Alabama bounced around three different franchises before becoming an All-Pro and Pro Bowler for the Eagles; he deserves to be rewarded with a new deal.
Mathis is the 14th highest paid guard in the NFL, and for a player who is argued to be one of the league’s best, should be compensated. The player the Eagles should consider dealing is Mathis’ teammate, Todd Herremans, who is the 10th highest paid at the position at $6 million. If Philadelphia needs the cap space, then Herremans is the one who needs a ticket out of the city.