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August 27, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE JOURNEY that Evan Mathis didn't really envision taking this season ended yesterday in Denver, where the guard who made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons for the Eagles signed a one-year contract that can pay him up to $4 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. The news had barely hit Twitter when astute observers began noting that Mathis had been scheduled to make $5.5 million this season from the Eagles, not guaranteed, and $6 million in 2016. He was released in June because his unhappiness over his contract had spread across two offseasons, and kept him out of OTAs this spring.
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May 7, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles guard Evan Mathis recently underwent surgery to "clean out" his left ankle and could miss the rest of spring practices, an NFL source said. The source called the surgery "minor. " Mathis played most of last season with an ankle injury - he started every game - and was slated to undergo surgery once the offseason began. The Eagles decided the procedure was unnecessary, but recent swelling and discomfort in the ankle prompted the team to reconsider. He is expected to be ready by the start of training camp in late July.
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February 3, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
SAN JOSE , Calif. - Evan Mathis has made it to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, but in a touch of irony, the credential that he was wearing around his neck Monday at "Super Bowl Opening Night" still had his Eagles head shot on it. "When I first got there (to Denver), they Photoshopped this picture for all the Broncos' use," Mathis said. "And it had me with an orange jersey. But for some reason, in this one, I'm still wearing (Eagle green). " Things have worked out very well for the 34-year-old guard.
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July 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Mathis considered holding out of training camp, but the veteran guard reported and will be a participant when practice begins on Saturday. "I try to look at it from my point of view, try to look at it from their point of view," Mathis said. "I didn't want to have a negative impact on the team, didn't want to send the wrong message to players, coaches, fans. I look at what I'm doing as doing the right thing in this situation. " Mathis, a 32-year-old late bloomer who made his first Pro Bowl last season, is due a $5 million base salary in 2014 as part of the five-year, $25 million deal he signed after 2013.
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June 18, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
HEARING CHIP KELLY, Evan Mathis and various Eagles weigh in yesterday on the release of the two-time Pro Bowl guard reinforced what we already knew or suspected: This break didn't really hinge on money, or whether Mathis planned to hold out of training camp. (He said yesterday that he would have reported and played. And he said Kelly never asked him what his plans were.) Mathis' release was about reinforcing the Kelly culture, about the coach's attempts this offseason to turn the page on any sort of discord or dissatisfaction as he rebuilds the roster, now that he has gained control of personnel.
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June 12, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT WAS EARLY afternoon in Arizona. Evan Mathis was heading into a workout when his phone buzzed; Chip Kelly was calling. "We're going to release you so you can see if you can get what you want," is how Mathis recalls his message. This, the Eagles' two-time Pro Bowl left guard was not expecting, he said. He said he'd made flight arrangements to attend next week's mandatory minicamp, after sitting out optional OTAs. But clearly, Kelly didn't want to go through the awkwardness of reintegrating Mathis into a group that has been working out together for several weeks.
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June 14, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
I DON'T THINK releasing Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis dooms the Eagles this season. I don't think any of the stuff Chip Kelly has done since taking over personnel control in January necessarily dooms the Eagles this season, or beyond. I still think there's a real good chance the guy is smarter than all of us. But I do think we'll look back someday on all this restructuring and we'll either cite it as the time when "the Kelly way" turned the franchise toward championship contention, or we will cite this offseason as the beginning of the end, when Kelly's inflexibility irreparably marred his genius and started him on the path back to college coaching.
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December 29, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Evan Mathis did not make the NFC Pro Bowl roster, instead being voted a third alternate. The offensive guard has had a strong season for the Eagles, but he did not sound miffed about not making the game. "I'm going to keep trying to be the best player in the league whether or not anybody is watching," Mathis said. "If it comes by accolades, it's fine, but I'm not going to pout if it doesn't. " Mathis understands outsiders have a hard time assessing offensive line play. Much of it is based on reputation.
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June 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles released Evan Mathis on Thursday, ending a months-long stalemate between the team and the Pro Bowl guard over his contract. "Thanks for the memories Philly," Mathis posted on Twitter. The Eagles had no comment. Mathis said Chip Kelly called him to deliver the news. Mathis has been the only Eagles player to miss all voluntary workouts this spring. He said he planned to attend the three-day mandatory minicamp next week, and even attempted to prove it by texting to a reporter a confirmed flight plan that had Mathis flying from Phoenix to Philadelphia on Sunday and returning next Friday.
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June 18, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
PRESIDENT Reagan was called the "Great Communicator" because of his ability to get his messages across. You might not have always agreed with Reagan, but you were rarely confused about where he was coming from. Reagan could make his harshest critics at least paint a picture to consider through his vocal tapestries. Of the presidents in my adult lifetime, President Clinton had that talent, as does President Obama. I think there was less of it from big President George Bush and little President George Bush.
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February 24, 2016
FORMER EAGLES guard Evan Mathis told reporter Mike Klis, from 9News in Denver, that the Broncos' Super Bowl championship team "would have eaten Chip (Kelly) alive. I don't think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities. " Mathis, cut by then-Eagles coach Kelly last June, had sought his release earlier that offseason, when Kelly indicated he had no interest in continuing contract revision talks begun under Howie Roseman. Mathis said he texted Kelly a YouTube clip of Engelbert Humperdinck singing "Release Me. " "There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn't building a championship team," Mathis said in a series of emails with Klis.
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February 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Here was Evan Mathis, eight months removed from being released by Chip Kelly, rocking the Lombardi Trophy like a baby in the 49ers locker room over which his former boss now presides. That Kelly thought cutting Mathis without better options would improve the Eagles in their quest for an elusive Super Bowl seems ludicrous now. The irony wasn't lost on the Broncos guard. "I really like your new facility," Mathis said when asked if he had a message for Kelly, the new coach of the 49ers.
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February 3, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
SAN JOSE, Calif. - For a 6-foot-5, 300-pound man with a high-ankle sprain, Evan Mathis deftly sidestepped questions about Chip Kelly, the Eagles, and whether he felt vindicated since the coach who released him has since been fired while he is playing in Sunday's Super Bowl. "I'm trying to avoid headline, bold-quote things," Mathis said. "Just dancing around. What else do you got?" While both sides ultimately lost something when Kelly decided to release Mathis - the Eagles lost a Pro Bowl lineman, and Mathis lost money - the Broncos guard ultimately chose to play for a team that gave him an opportunity he had yet to have in his first 11 NFL seasons.
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February 3, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
SAN JOSE , Calif. - Evan Mathis has made it to the Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos, but in a touch of irony, the credential that he was wearing around his neck Monday at "Super Bowl Opening Night" still had his Eagles head shot on it. "When I first got there (to Denver), they Photoshopped this picture for all the Broncos' use," Mathis said. "And it had me with an orange jersey. But for some reason, in this one, I'm still wearing (Eagle green). " Things have worked out very well for the 34-year-old guard.
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December 24, 2015 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
YES, THIS IS yet another column about the Eagles' release of DeSean Jackson, an event now some 21 months in the rearview mirror. I am the ghost of Chip Kelly decisions past. Look upon me! The past doesn't change, but the prism through which it is viewed certainly can shift, as the figures atop monuments to the Confederacy would probably tell us if they could, while being moved or dismantled. There was a time when many observers thought Kelly was right to rid himself of Jackson and his moodiness, his off-the-field adventures, his dodgy friends from LA. The assumption was that Kelly, who was right about so much in his first year coaching the Eagles, must be right about this, too, must know he could replace Jackson's production without having to endure the accompanying drama.
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October 20, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THEY HAVE to win this game. Or they're doomed. Getting sick of hearing and reading that? Get used to it. Whether it's phrased that simply, or expanded with a slew of descriptive words, it is the lot of a playoff hopeful team that began its season with three losses in its first four games, two against division opponents. A third loss tonight against the Giants, in a division already so banged up and so mediocre that it accentuates the importance of these matchups, would reduce that hope to a prayer, or even despair.
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October 7, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
There's a story, and it may be apocryphal, that one day a reporter asked John Maynard Keynes, the famous British economist, about the apparent inconsistency over time of Keynes' positions. "When my information changes," Keynes is said to have responded, "I alter my conclusions. What do you do, sir?" John Maynard Keynes, meet Charles Edward Kelly. His friends call him Chip. And he's not ready to alter anything yet. If nothing else came through clearly from Kelly's news conference Monday at the NovaCare Complex - with the Eagles 1-3, in the wake of a terrible 23-20 loss to the Washington Redskins - his obstinacy did. Twenty times over 16 minutes, Kelly repeated or used a variation of the two-word phrase that in his mind would solve all the Eagles' problems, that would take care of a running game stopped in its tracks and a quarterback still searching for his groove and an offensive line fraying like an old blanket and a defense spending a lot of time, maybe too much, on the field.
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September 11, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE IF have been out there for months. If Sam Bradford can stay healthy, the Eagles are a viable Super Bowl contender. If they can limit the punishment DeMarco Murray endures, he can be a potent December and postseason running back. If they can establish the ground game, if receivers like Riley Cooper have time to run their routes, if they can make first downs and keep that breakneck pace of theirs that was so herky-jerky a year ago . . . Super Bowl, baby! It all boils down to one facet, maybe even one person.
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August 28, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JASON PETERS said quarterback Sam Bradford thanked him yesterday for Peters' strong comments condemning the Terrell Suggs hit on Bradford's twice-repaired left knee, in Saturday's Eagles preseason victory over the Ravens. The NFL decided the hit was legal and that Suggs shouldn't have been penalized. The Eagles have noted that previously, the standard seemed to be that a quarterback not carrying out a fake could not be hit. Now the standard seems to be that he is fair game for a period of time after handing off, trying to run a fake or not. Regardless, Peters and the Eagles aren't going to tolerate blatant attempts to injure their QB, and they don't seem to think they'll encounter a lot of them.
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August 27, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE JOURNEY that Evan Mathis didn't really envision taking this season ended yesterday in Denver, where the guard who made the Pro Bowl the past two seasons for the Eagles signed a one-year contract that can pay him up to $4 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. The news had barely hit Twitter when astute observers began noting that Mathis had been scheduled to make $5.5 million this season from the Eagles, not guaranteed, and $6 million in 2016. He was released in June because his unhappiness over his contract had spread across two offseasons, and kept him out of OTAs this spring.
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