Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles have made plenty of offseason headlines, but this latest one might just be the most bizarre.
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 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.
Kelly then signed polarising quarterback Tim Tebow to a minimum contract, before he took things to an even crazier new level today by releasing offensive guard Evan Mathis.
Yes, that's right. The extremely popular Mathis that ProFootballFocus rated as the best offensive guard during the seasons 2011 to 2013, and the second best guard during the last campaign, has left the Eagles for nothing.
Such a waste
It has been reported over the last few days that Mathis was furious with the Eagles after they failed to honor a new deal for the guard that had been pitched last year.
At the time Mathis decided to decline the offer, but he was more than willing to sign it this year. But with Kelly's promotion came a change of mind by the Eagles. Amazingly, rather than seeking out interested trade partners, Kelly simply decided to release arguably the best guard in the NFL.
There is no doubt that teams across the league will be lining up to sign Mathis, and this latest update from Philly really does show that Kelly has lost the plot.
Things are just getting more and more bizarre, and to release such an integral player is completely insane. Nobody knows Kelly's thinking except himself, but there is no doubt now that it is truly flawed.
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