Players at the Philadelphia Eagles have had to endure an incident-filled offseason so far following the team's decision to hand head coach Chip Kelly total control of all football operations.
Kelly was handed total control of Eagles' football operations after the 2014 NFL season, before he then proceeded to shock the NFL with a number of crazy trades and free agent signings.
The Eagles traded away star running back LeSean McCoy and starting quarterback Nick Foles in March. Sam Bradford came in exchange for Nick Foles, while Kelly replaced McCoy with not one, but two star runners, with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews joining Philadelphia.
New deal gone?
It is safe to say that members of the Philadelphia roster have been left confused and bemused by the events of the last couple of months, and one of those players is offensive guard Evan Mathis.
It seems that Mathis was promised a new deal in 2014 which included a pay increase of at least $1 million, according to reports. At the time of the offer, which came last season, Mathis declined the deal and said he would be interested in accepting the offer in 2015.
However, according to a report by ProFootballTalk, the deal is now no longer on the table following Chip Kelly's promotion.
"Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Mathis contends that the Eagles previously offered to increase the salary paid to Mathis by roughly $1 million per year, from 2014 through 2016," PFT reported.
"Mathis opted not to accept it in 2014, but he was interested in accepting it in 2015. But the Eagles, per the source, told Mathis that the offer was no longer available because Howie Roseman, who had made the offer, was no longer the General Manager."
Kelly now runs the show in Philadelphia, and when he was asked on Tuesday about Mathis' contract situation he gave a firm answer.
“We’re not going to discuss any players’ contracts,” Kelly said, according to reports. “We never have, never will.”