As NFL rumors suggested, Philadelphia Eagles releases veteran running back Ryan Mathews. The former New England Patriots rusher LeGarrette Blount will expectedly fill Mathews’ role.
The Philadelphia Eagles waived running back Ryan Mathews after he was medically cleared to join the team’s practice session on Tuesday. August 15.
The 29-year-old Ryan Mathews suffered a herniated disk in his neck in the previous season during a Week 16 matchup against the New York Giants.
“We want to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons,” the Philadelphia Eagles said in a statement posted on the team’s Twitter account. “We spoke today and had a productive conversation about his future and the direction of our team going forward.”
“First and foremost, we are glad that Ryan is healthy and has been cleared to return to football activities but given the current state of our running back position, we feel like it is best for both sides to go in a different direction. We wish him all the best as he continues his career.”
The long-expected move allow the Eagles to make a $4 million salary cap space. The Philadelphia forge a deal with LeGarrette Blount to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million this offseason to serve as the franchise’s ararting running back. Blount completed an NFL career highs in carries (299), rushing yards (1,161) and rushing touchdowns (18) in in the past season for the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.
Blount will share the weight of work in Philadelphia with a group that is anticipated to include rookie Donnel Pumphrey, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood.
Mathews, a seven-year NFL veteran, had an ups-and-downs in the 2016 NFL season due in part to injury, concluding the most recent season with 661 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. Mathews, who was initially drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the 12th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Fresno State, also tallied a total of 13 receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown.
Mathews was entering the final season of his three-year contract deal he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles dating back in 2015. He has spent the first five seasons of his professional American football career with the Los Angeles (San Diego) Charger. Mathews earned the only Pro Bowl award of his NFL career way back in 2011 when he also set his career bests with 50 receptions and 455 receiving yards.