The Eagles are also willing to trade Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Like Jackson, Mathis is a good player whom the Eagles’ offense would miss. But there are issues related to Mathis’s contract: Mathis is due $5.15 million this season, and there’s been talk that he thinks he deserves more than that as a first-team All-Pro, while the Eagles don’t want to pay a guard who’s turning 33 this season that much money. When the player wants more while the team wants to pay less, that’s not a good combination.
After bouncing around the league as mostly a backup for six seasons in three cities, Mathis has emerged as an excellent guard in Philadelphia, and he still has three more seasons remaining on the five-year, $25 million contract he signed with the Eagles before the 2012 season.