It would appear that the best player in the history of the NFL (according to Pro Football Focus) has decided to stay in Philadelphia:
OK, so he’s not the best player in the history of the NFL, but he had a legitimate Pro Bowl-esque type season playing next to Jason Peters in 2011. The deal is for 5 years, according to the Eagles.
Mathis had spent a couple days being wined and dined by the Ravens while Eagles fans bombarded him promises of sexual intercourse with their wives and/or sisters if he stayed in Philly. Ultimately, he chose to stay. To be determined how many families in the Delaware Valley will be fractured.
Philly’s offensive line was considered to be a potential weakness going into the 2011 season, and those concerns were only heightened after the Eagles lost Ryan Harris for the season and Winston Justice couldn’t get healthy. The Eagles were forced to kick Todd Herremans out to RT, and insert Mathis in at LG. Both players had good seasons, and the OL unit unexpectedly became a strength. Herremans signed a contract extension this week. Today it was Mathis’ turn. This group should be around for a while:
LT Jason Peters – Signed through 2014
LG Evan Mathis – Signed through 2016
C Jason Kelce – Signed through 2014
RG Danny Watkins – Signed through 2014
RT Todd Herremans – Signed through 2016
This is by far and away the best offensive line in the NFC East.