REPORT: Eagles trying to move Ryan Mathews, will take ‘next to nothing’ for him

 

As Howie Roseman continues his purge of the Chip Kelly acquisitions made in his absence from the personnel department, it appears as if his sights have shifted towards running back Ryan Mathews. According to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora, Roseman's return demands aren't exactly lofty

Roseman is motivated to pawn off running back Ryan Mathews as well, I continue to hear, and will probably take next to nothing to move him. They may be positioned to draft a back in the first round, and I would not be surprised at all if the takes the future cash and cap savings from shipping off Murray and Maxwell and invests it in an extension for Fletcher Cox and perhaps a free-agent corner as well (he’s dabbled in that market with some regularity).

Even if Murray, Maxwell and Kiko Alonso thrive elsewhere — and there are serious doubts about that — I get this move and the message it sends. I didn’t think anyone could pull it off.

Mathews signed a three-year/$11 million contract last offseason. The oft-injured back showed flashes of his first round potential, but ultimately sputtered down the stretch for the Eagles. He gained 539 yards and scored six touchdowns in 13 games of action. He spent five years with the Chargers before signing with the Eagles to share the backfield load with DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles.

As it stands, La Canfora is the first national reporter to present this as a possibility.

Somers Price is a contributor to Eagledelphia and can be followed on Twitter @somersprice