According to Mathis, he would have honored his contract this season, despite requesting his release several months ago.
“Yes, I would have played under the contract and been fine — like last year,” said Mathis. “I can block stuff out and not let it be a distraction. I missed voluntary stuff, but I was still working hard. It doesn’t mean I was going to be a bad apple. I would never do that.”
In regards to a reworked deal, Mathis said he was specifically looking to add incentives to the agreement that would have boosted his pay to to fair-market value.
“Why not have a couple of years where I could at least have the opportunity to achieve it?” Mathis said. “That’s what I was proposing … that I had to be absolutely elite to earn it. One hundred percent that’s all we were trying to do the last few months.”
- Bears G Kyle Long continued to work at right tackle on Tuesday with Jordan Mills sidelined. (Adam Jahns)
- TE Martellus Bennett participated in Day 1 of mandatory minicamp, despite holding out of OTAs for a new contract. (Jeff Dickerson)
- Jaguars HC Gus Bradley mentioned that second-year WR Marqise Lee (knee) won’t participate in this week’s minicamp, but he should be ready for training camp. (Mark Long)
- According to Adam Caplan, Jaguars second-round pick T.J. Yeldon not only could end up as the team’s starting running back, but could also be a three-down player for them.
- Yeldon reportedly has the best hands of any running back on the Jaguars’ roster.
- Caplan points to the Jaguars depth and versatility on their offensive line as a big improvement for them.
- Undrafted rookie CB Nick Marshall has reportedly “flashed at times” during Jaguars’ offseason workouts, according to Caplan.
- Rich Cimini of ESPN.com takes a look at some veteran players who could be on the roster bubble this summer.
- According to Cimini, OLB Jason Babin, DE Stephen Bowen, G Willie Colon, LB Erin Henderson, OLB Calvin Pace, WR DeVier Posey and RB Stevan Ridley are among the players fighting for roster spots.
- Rob Demovsky mentions that QB Matt Blanchard is “so far ahead” of fifth-round rookie Brett Hundley in Packers’ practice.
- However, Demovsky admits that this likely won’t matter in the end for Blanchard.