The Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran RB Ryan Mathews on Tuesday, according to Ian Rapoport.
This move has been expected for several months and shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Mathews was able to gain medical clearance this week, which opened the door for the Eagles to move on from him without having to pay the injury protection benefit.
Mathews, 29, is a former first-round pick of the Chargers back in 2009. After five years in San Diego, Mathews signed on with the Eagles and later received a three-year, $11 million contract extension with $5 million guaranteed.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Mathews would free up $4 million in available cap space while creating $1 million in dead money.
In 2016, Mathews appeared in 13 games and rushed for 661 yards on 155 carries (4.3 YPC) to go along with 13 receptions for 115 yards receiving and nine total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 44 running back out of 52 qualifying players.