Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for free agent G Evan Mathis, mentioned on his weekly WQAM segment that “at least half a dozen” teams inquired his client following his release on Thursday.
However, Rosenhaus declined to say which teams expressed interest in Mathis.
“Until a player visits with a team, clubs like to keep their interest on the down low,” Rosenhaus said.
Overall, Rosenhaus expects there to be “a lot of interest” in Mathis, but they still plan to take their time to find the best possible situation for him.
“It’s wide open and there’s a lot of interest in Evan,” Rosenhaus added. “Between now and the start of training camp, I definitely expect him to have a new home. I think we’ll be methodical. We won’t necessarily rush into signing immediately.”
According to Rosenhaus, finding an opportunity with a winning team is critical to Mathis.
“As far as ranking Evan’s priorities, I definitely think winning is critical to him…. The contract has been an issue, so that’s a factor. Fortunately, he’s going to have some options.”
While the Dolphins have come up numerous times as a potential suitor for Mathis, Barry Jackson cautions that their interest will likely come down to the amount of money teams are willing to spend on him.
Mathis, 33, is by far the best available free agent offensive lineman and should have a decent market for his services.
Since he became available, the Bills, Dolphins, Seahawks, Chiefs, and Patriots have all come up as potential options.
Last year, Mathis appeared in nine games for the Eagles after he dealt with an MCL injury. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 guard out of 78 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding where Mathis could be playing in 2015 as the news is available.