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Mathis Returns With Five-Year Deal

Posted Mar 17, 2012

In a style that is befitting to guard Evan Mathis, he announced that he was returning to the Eagles on a five-year contract via his witty, hilarious Twitter account - @evanmathis69.

First, he retweeted a fan who posted a banner that read "EAGLES KEEP MATHIS." Then, he followed that up with, "To all the Eagles fans who offered me various food and incentives to return ... I've come to collect. #FLY."

The Eagles were in competition with the Baltimore Ravens for Mathis' services. Mathis met with the Ravens and received an offer before heading back home to Arizona to make a final decision. Reportedly, the Eagles told Mathis they would beat any deal the Ravens offered. Mathis will meet with the media on Monday and we will broadcast the press conference on Eagles Live!

This move solidifies the Eagles offensive line for years to come. And that's important because the Eagles were 5-1 in 2011 (yes, 5-1) when the team started the first-team offensive line with quarterback Michael Vick. Mathis is the second offensive lineman to receive a new deal this week joining right tackle Todd Herremans.

Mathis originally signed with the Eagles on a one-year deal during training camp last summer as an insurance policy. Well, Mathis was the opening day starter at left guard and started 15 games making the Eagles' left side of the line one of the best in the NFL with tackle Jason Peters. In fact, the analytical website Pro Football Focus rated Mathis as the top guard in all of football in 2011. The 6-5, 302-pound Mathis thrived in offensive line coach Howard Mudd's scheme.

A journeyman before joining the Eagles, Mathis played in Carolina (where he was a third-round pick in 2005 out of Alabama), Miami and Cincinnati. In all, Mathis suited up in 74 career games (37 starts) including playoffs.

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