Les Bowen of Philly.com, citing a source close to the situation, reports that the Eagles are unlikely to make a decision regarding veteran RB Ryan Mathews until August.
The Eagles will open training camp practice on Monday and the overall expectation has been that they would move on from Mathews at some point this offseason. However, Bowen says that he’s still recovering from neck disk surgery and his surgeon has no plans to revisit his situation until next month.
If the Eagles were to move on from Mathews while injured, it would cost them $1.1 million more than if they waited until he’s capable of passing a physical.
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.
The Eagles owe Mathews a base salary of $4 million for the 2017 season.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Mathews as the news is available.