Sunday, March 18, 2012

Eagles lock-up Mathis for 5 years

The Eagles have agreed to terms with G Evan Mathis on a five-year contract.

An eight-year pro, Mathis started 15 games at left guard for the Eagles in 2011 after signing with the team in training camp. He was part of an offensive line that paved the way for Pro Bowl running back LeSean McCoy’s breakout season, when he led the NFL and shattered Steve Van Buren’s 66-year-old team record with 17 rushing and 20 total touchdowns. Philadelphia’s offense also set new franchise records in first downs (356) and total net yards (6,386) last season.

The former Alabama offensive lineman has played in 73 games with 37 starts in stints with Philadelphia (2011), Cincinnati (2008-10), Miami (2008) and Carolina (2005-07). In 2010, Mathis was part of a Bengals unit that did not allow a sack over the last three games of the season. The Homewood, AL, was a first team All-SEC honoree after notching a streak of 47 straight starts while with the Crimson Tide.

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