Miami Dolphins Should Pursue Evan Mathis Trade
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins won’t likely start talking trade with the Philadelphia Eagles any time soon in regards to Evan Mathis. But they should. In fact they should be on the phone with them now.
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Mathis is disgruntled in Philly and wants out. He is skipping all voluntary workouts and want’s to move on from the Eagles. He and Chip Kelly are not exactly seeing things eye to eye.
Over the weekend Kelly told reporters that Mathis has been on the trade market for two years and no one has made an offer. He has denied that the Dolphins mentioned Mathis in trade talks for Dion Jordan as well. Mathis took to Twitter to give his response regarding Kelly’s comments.
There is a possibility that the Eagles finally just say enough and release the veteran. That would bode well for a Dolphins team needing a high caliber starting guard but trading for him may be the better option if they can actually convince Kelly that any offer is apparently better than no offer.
The questions is can or will the Dolphins want to give Mathis the contract that he wants. Mathis is looking for one more deal at the age of 33 and likely has maybe two years left. It’s a perfect for the Dolphins who only need about two years on a veteran before turning the left guard position to a much younger player. In fact if Miami can make the trade they can take the current contract, retool it to make Mathis happier and simply concentrate on protecting Ryan Tannehill.
Mathis is currently under contract until 2016 after signing a five year deal in March of 2012. Mathis has been consistently ranked as the number one or number two guard the last four seasons by Pro-Football-Focus. In Miami he would elevate the Dolphins offensive line much in the same way Ndamukong Suh will elevate the defense. Yes, he can be dominant especially in pass protection where in 2009 and 10 he did not give up a single sack.
The compensation shouldn’t be all that much considering Kelly’s apparent comments regarding no team being interested. In addition you are giving up a pick next year that would likely be a mid-round 5th or 6th but if Mathis can help protect Tannehill and help open lanes for the running backs the Dolphins might make the post-season and if that happens, the value of that selection even if for two seasons is more than the Dolphins have had since 2008.
The likelihood of a trade being made is slim as the Dolphins might simply wait the Eagles out and see if they cut him this off-season. Of course he is still under contract with the Eagles and Philadelphia didn’t draft a lineman in this years draft. It’s something to watch and something to consider for the Dolphins. If Mathis is indeed on the market the Dolphins should be looking at making that a priority now that the draft is over.