The Denver Broncos have agreed to sign former Philadelphia Eagles guard Evan Mathis to a one-year contract.
Mathis can earn up to $4 million based on playing time incentives, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The minimum value of the deal is $2.5 million, according to Mike Klis of 9 News in Denver. NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that passed on a $5.5 million offer from another team because he wanted to play for a contender.
Mathis confirmed to Mike Klis of 9News that he turned down an offer equal to what he would have made in Philadelphia in order to be on a team with the “best chance to make a run.”
Mathis, who was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the past two years, was released by the Eagles in June amid a contract dispute. He had two years and $13.5 million left on his contract and was seeking a raise. Mathis had reportedly turned down a $1 million raise last season and been told the offer was no longer on the table when approached the Eagles this summer.
Mathis, 33, was not a full-time player until he joined the Eagles in 2011. From 2011–13, 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.
- Dan Gartland