By Michael McCarthy

A rumor that floated two weeks ago as the Eagles’ spending spree on free agents dominated the news may actually be:

A premature fact.

And Chip Kelly may not be done getting rid of the Eagles’ expensive veterans.

Evan Mathis, one of the best guards in the NFL,may get cut if the Eagles can’t trade him, according to Geoff Mosher of

Kelly has already traded away LeSean McCoy and Nick Foles, allowed Jeremy Maclin to walk in free agency and released Cary Williams, Todd Herremans and Trent Cole. If you’re a veteran player who was on the team before Kelly arrived two years ago, your job isn’t safe in Philly.

The 33-year-old Mathis is still a good player, but his cap hits of $6.5 million this year and $7 million this year appear to be more than Kelly is willing to devote to any guard, even one of the best in the NFL.

The flip side is, Mathis has indicated that he thinks he’s underpaid and would like a new contract. So the two sides are clearly far apart in their perceptions of Mathis’s worth.

It might be time for both sides to move on. A conclusion Kelly has reached about many of his players this offseason.

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