By Peter Gleason
So, this is what happens when an aging Pro Bowl guard massively misreads his hand and gets cut from a $5.5 million a year gig with the Eagles:
Evan Mathis has taken his sales pitch on the road.
And now that Mathis is on the open market after his release by the Eagles, teams have to weigh whether or not they want to make a bid for the 33-year-old as a free agent.
One thing they’ll do before making that call is look at film of Mathis’s 2014 play for Philly, something that Doug Farrar of SI.com did this week with the help of Mathis himself. Mathis breaks down five plays that appeared to be poor ones for Mathis last season to provide insight into what he was supposed to do on the play and what went right or wrong in the execution.
Farrar was left with the opinion that Mathis would fit best on a team that runs “a zone-blocking system with a lot of slide protection and combo blocks” to take advantage of his quickness and Mathis sent a message to teams considering making a run at signing him in the coming weeks.
“My body of work was limited last year due to the injury,” Mathis said. “I’m very much ready to come back strong for an entire season and have my best year yet. I’ll listen to the age talk when I lose a step.”
We should find out soon which teams are willing to make that bet on Mathis.