We start with the most obvious guy the Eagles could replace.
Last season, Mathews was banged up quite a bit with an MCL sprain that forced him to miss two games. Toward the end of the season, he also had a stinger against the New York Giants that forced him out of action. He also wasn’t available for Week 17 against the Dallas Cowboys due to a herniated disc.
Mathews’ contract isn’t feasible. He’s set to make $4 million this year, which is ranked 11th most among running backs per Spotrac.com.
Mathews, at this point in his career, isn’t a top running back in the NFL. Plus, he’s 29-years old, so the Eagles may want to get younger at the position through the NFL Draft.
By cutting Mathews the Eagles would save $4 million, according to Over The Cap.