EAGLE LANE JOHNSON: ‘EVAN GOT A LITTLE BIT CARRIED AWAY’

By Harry Allison

Many Eagles interviewed after today’s mini-camp session agree that ex-teammate Evan Mathis was a fine teammate but that he went too far in pushing management with his demand for a raise.

“(The coaches) had to make decision whether they wanted to keep a guy or further emphasize the culture,” center Jason Kelce said, via the Daily News’ Zach Berman. “To Evan’s credit…he hasn’t made this at all a distraction to the team, he hasn’t ever been a bad teammate.

“The precedent has already been set. … It’s all about culture. It’s all about team. Precedent has been set long before this.”

Eagles players echoed Kelly’s long-held belief that “culture will beat scheme every day.”

“If you don’t want to be on the team, then by all means go somewhere else,” safety Malcolm Jenkins added. “I’m not judging Evan. I see it from both sides. If you feel like you’re due that money, you’re a grown man making a grown man decision.”

Mathis wanted an upgrade on the $5.5 million he was due to play for this season and stayed away from voluntary OTAs. He has told reporters since being cut he had planned to attend this week’s minicamp.

“I think Evan got a little bit carried away, and I think it got the best of him,” offensive tackle Lane Johnson said. “But I can understand where he’s coming from.”

The Eagles are moving forward with their culture and Allen Barbre at the guard spot. Where Mathis eventually lands remains a story to track.

About admin

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply