Ryan Mathews' Chargers teammates say Philadelphia Eagles deal almost complete

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The Philadelphia Eagles front office and coaching staff have come in for heavy criticism from their own fan base in recent days after some bold moves saw several key figures depart the franchise.

Coming onboard 

Less than 24 hours though after losing the likes of LeSean McCoy, Nick Foles and Jeremy Maclin, Eagles fans may finally be able to celebrate the addition of a player that could prove crucial to the team's offensive efficiency in 2015.

After news that running back Ryan Mathews was visiting Philadelphia today to discuss a possible deal, U-T San Diego columnist Kevin Acee has given an update on the situation which suggests the former Chargers man will be on the Eagles roster sooner rather than later.

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Having waived goodbye to McCoy and his big contract, and having seen a deal to bring in veteran RB Frank Gore fall through in its final stages, the Eagles had a desperate need at the running back position.

Adding Mathews helps solve that problem to a great extent. The six-year veteran has struggled with injury at times during his NFL career but, in the two seasons he has logged more than 10 regular season games, he has combined for over 2,300 yards.

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The 26-year-old will offer a different option to Darren Sproles and, if he can stay healthy, offers Eagles hope that the running back position will be a position of strength and not weakness heading into the 2015 season.

Eagles additions

This latest move by Chip Kelly may not be enough to appease some Eagles fans however after a crazy 24 hours. 

The team saw starting quarterback Nick Foles replaced by another injury-plagued player in the form of Sam Bradford, while Jeremy Maclin appears set to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Alongside Mathews' arrival though Philadelphia have also signed CB Walter Thurmond - at least suggesting they will be an improved defensive side even if their offensive roster needs further work in the weeks ahead.

What do you think Eagles fans? Can Ryan Mathews become the main man for your team, or is his arrival a step backwards for the franchise overall? Let us know in the comments section below...

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