Ryan Mathews RB PHI 2 months ago

Mathews signed a three-year contract with the Eagles on Thursday, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Mathews was left in limbo while the Eagles turned their attention to DeMarco Murray, but the team ultimately reached agreements with both veteran running backs. While there should be a lot of carries available in the Philadelphia offense, Murray figures to handle the lion's share of the workload, though there's obvious concern about how he'll hold up in the wake of a very busy 2014 season. With both Murray and Darren Sproles more adept than Mathews in the passing game, the former Charger will likely have some barren performances when the Eagles are forced to play from behind. On a more encouraging note, Mathews will be just one DeMarco Murray injury away from operating as the lead back in a fast-paced offense with a strong offensive line.

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Mathews has yet to officially sign his three-year deal with the Eagles, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

What was thought to be a done deal Wednesday is apparently not official, as the two sides merely had agreed in principle to a three-year, $11.5 million contract. Mathews has yet to actually sign his contract, leaving the door open for an unexpected snag. Per Schefter, fellow free agent DeMarco Murray plans to visit the Eagles on Thursday, and if a deal is agreed upon, it could throw a wrench in the Mathews agreement.

Ryan Mathews RB PHI 2 months ago

Mathews has signed a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Eagles that includes $5 million in guaranteed money, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

After being spurned by Frank Gore earlier this week, the Eagles turn to Mathews to fill the void created by the team's trade of LeSean McCoy to the Bills. The 27-year-old Mathews is coming off a season in which injuries limited him to 74 carries for 330 yards and three TDs in six games for the Chargers. When healthy, however, he has been productive and in the context of the Eagles' offense, while working in tandem with pass-catching back Darren Sproles and possibly Chris Polk to a lesser degree, Mathews will have an opportunity to put up fantasy-worthy numbers, as long as he can stay on the field.

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Mathews is visiting with the Eagles on Wednesday and is expected to sign a contract, Philadelphia Magazine reports.

With LeSean McCoy traded away to Buffalo and Frank Gore backing out of his commitment with the team to sign with Indianapolis, the Eagles seem to have finally settled on a lead running back. While both Darren Sproles and Chris Polk both figure to remain relevant in the Eagles' running attack, Mathews' ideal blend of size (6-foot, 220 pounds) and speed (4.45 40 time at the 2010 NFL Combine) seemingly make him a good fit for coach Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense. Unfortunately for Mathews, injuries remain a constant worry, as he's played 16 games just once in his five NFL seasons. Those durability concerns will once again make him a high-risk, high-upside fantasy selection again in 2015.

Ryan Mathews RB PHI 4 months ago

An early MCL sprain and a late ankle injury limited Mathews to only six games in 2014, and he finished the year with 74 carries for 330 yards and three touchdowns to go along with nine receptions for 69 yards.

After a solid 2013 season which saw Mathews healthy for a full 16-game slate for the first time in his career, there was reason for optimism heading into 2014, but injuries once again reared their ugly head. The 10 games he missed this year were a career high, and even worse, he was not very effective when he was on the field. With the exception of a Week 12 game against Rams in which he ran 12 times for 105 yards and a touchdown, Mathews struggled. He averaged just 45 yards per game and 3.6 YPC in the other five contests. Mathews is an unrestricted free agent heading into 2015, so it will be very interesting to see what happens next for the former first-round draft pick who was supposed to be the heir apparent to LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego.

Ryan Mathews RB PHI 4 months ago

Mathews (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, the Chargers' official site reports.

With Mathews ruled out, the stage is set for the Chargers to continue to roll with a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown also in the mix to a lesser degree.

Ryan Mathews RB PHI 4 months ago

Mathews (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's estimated practice report, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

At this stage, Mathews looks pretty iffy for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, and if he is forced to miss Week 17's contest, the Chargers would once again roll with a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, along with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown to a lesser extent.

Ryan Mathews RB PHI 4 months ago

Mathews (ankle) was not at Wednesday's practice, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Per the report, it seems unlikely that Mathews will be available for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, a scenario that would set the stage for the Chargers to once again roll with a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown also in the mix.

Ryan Mathews RB PHI 4 months ago

Mathews (ankle) did not practice Tuesday, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Mathews hasn't played since Dec. 7 against New England, but the team stated Monday that a return for Week 17 is a "possibility." His absence Tuesday is not overly encouraging, though a final call likely won't be made until later in the week.

Ryan Mathews RB PHI 4 months ago

Coach Mike McCoy indicated Monday that there is a "possibility" that Mathews (ankle) could play Sunday against the Chiefs, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

While such an outcome is hardly a lock, the notion would be supported by a return to practice on the part of Mathews in the coming days. The running back has missed the Chargers' last two games, with his absence in that span having being filled by a backfield committee led by Branden Oliver, with Donald Brown and Ronnie Brown also in the mix.