Prediction on Evan Mathis, Eagles' Defensive Tackle Plans

As the free agency period begins tomorrow, the Eagles have some decisions to make. In addition to evaluating other teams’ players, the Eagles must also make a decision on 11 of their own players, excluding DeSean Jackson, who are set to hit the market on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Guard Evan Mathis seems to be the most pressing issue. While not an All-Pro, who drew rave reviews last season from his coaches and helped to solidify what was initially believed to be a shaky offensive line.

It will likely require a fairly large deal to retain Mathis, who should get long looks from other teams in free agency.

The Eagles have some decisions to make at defensive tackle.

expect the team to tender a second or third round draft pick to 26-year-old defensive tackle Antonio Dixon. Dixon, who missed the majority of last season, is a solid run stopper and would seem to fit the Eagles’ plans moving forward.

Beyond that, things are a bit more unclear.

If the Eagles retain Dixon, then fellow defensive tackle Derek Landri may become expendable. Landri played well last year, but with the Eagles rumored to be interested in upgrading defensive tackle in the draft, there’s at least a decent chance the team decides to let Landri or 2008 second round draft pick Trevor Laws walk.

At this point, it seems that Landri will get more looks on the open market, so it wouldn’t be shocking if he doesn’t return to Philadelpha.

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