The Eagles’ situation with free agent offensive guard Evan Mathis is getting a little bit dicey.
That the team didn’t sign Mathis during the opening ticks of the free agency period on Tuesday served as the initial indication that his return to Philadelphia wouldn’t be a slam-dunk. Still, it was nothing to be overly concerned about.
That Mathis spent Thursday night and this morning in Baltimore, well, that’s a bit of a different story.
By all accounts, it appears the Eagles would still like Mathis to return. And by by all accounts, it appears they believe it’s still very much a possibility. Again, it’s just not a slam-dunk.
It’s been written about ad nauseum, but the Eagles must act swiftly to replace Mathis, the 30-year-old journeyman offensive lineman who found his groove under coach Howard Mudd last season, if he opts to leave.
Mathis, as of Friday morning, had yet to receive a contract offer from the Ravens, but did tour team facilities, dine with Ravens officials, and continue his visit into today.
When asked about landing in Baltimore, the free agent told the Carroll County Times, “It was a good meeting with the Ravens. I think it’s a good fit.”
And it is. Mathis would be blocking for Pro Bowler Ray Rice and join a team that is a perennial contender in the AFC.
For now, it seems the Eagles are content to let other teams chase Mathis as he evaluates his market value. Indications are the team will match the offer if they feel it’s reasonable.
“We’d like Evan back, and we’re in constant communication with his representatives,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Thursday.
That all may be true. But it’s not unprecedented for a player to feel a bit disrespected and fly the coop for the team that covets him most.
Is Mathis a goner? No. But again, the situation is undoubtedly getting a bit more dicey.