Eagles release guard Evan Mathis amid contract dispute

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Eagles cut Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis
Thursday June 11th, 2015

The Philadelphia Eagles have released left guard Evan Mathis, the team announced Friday. 

The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Mathis tweeted “Thanks for the memories Philly.”

Mathis, 33, played four seasons in Philadelphia and was a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past two years. From 2011–2013, he started all but one of the Eagles' games. He missed seven games last season with a sprained MCL but was still selected to the Pro Bowl. 

Mathis had not reported to Philadelphia's organized team activities and was seeking a new contract. He had two years and $13.5 million left on his deal.

Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported on Tuesday that the Eagles had offered Mathis a $1 million raise before last season but he did not accept. He did want to accept the offer this off-season but was told it was no longer on the table because Chip Kelly had been made the head of player personnel, replacing Howie Roseman, who made the offer to Mathis. 

- Dan Gartland

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