PHILADELPHIA - With his four-star recruit waiting in the wings, Chip Kelly snared his three-star running back, agreeing to terms with ex-Chargers running back Ryan Mathews on a three-year deal.
Originally a first-round draft selection (12th overall) of San Diego in the 2010 NFL Draft, the oft-injured Mathews (6-foot, 220) appeared in 60 games (52 starts) for the Chargers, totaling 4,061 yards and 23 touchdowns on 923 carries (4.4 avg.). He has also recorded 1,110 yards and one touchdown on 146 receptions (7.6 avg.) during his five-year career.
Mathews, 27, has twice eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark (2011, ‘13) and earned Chargers Offensive Player of the Year honors in both of those seasons. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2011 after rushing for 1,091 yards and six touchdowns, while also catching 50 passes for 455 yards.
While battling injuries, Mathews started six games for the Chargers in 2014, averaging 4.5 yards-per-carry on 74 carries. He appeared in all 16 games during the 2013 season, rushing for a career-best 1,255 yards.