The 32-year-old Mathis reportedly had been asking for a trade and considered skipping the voluntary workouts.
After the 2011 season, Mathis signed a five-year, $25 million contract and he’s due $5.15 million this season. After a highly successful '13 season, Mathis was said to be seeking a restructured deal.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Mathis was the 14th highest-paid guard in the NFL before the start of free agency, if signing bonuses are included.
“I think that's just the nature of what our league is like,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly told the Inquirer about Mathis at the recently held owners meetings. “In professional sports, there is a short amount of time that guys have to play this game, and they're trying to get what they can, and I certainly understand where they're coming from.”
Mathis was named a first-team All-Pro and a Pro Bowl player after not missing one snap the entire season on the Eagles’ ultra-talented offensive line.
“Evan has been since Day 1, since I got here, just outstanding,” Kelly told the Inquirer. “Whether it's in the meeting rooms, in the weight room, on the practice field -- he practices every day.”