The Eagles announced on Tuesday morning that they have released running back Ryan Mathews.
“We want to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons," the team said in a statement. "We spoke today and had a productive conversation about his future and the direction of our team going forward. First and foremost, we are glad that Ryan is healthy and has been cleared to return to football activities, but given the current state of our running back position, we feel like it is best for both sides to go in a different direction. We wish him all the best as he continues his career.”
A former first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2010, Mathews was signed by the Eagles in 2015. In his two seasons with the team, Mathews gained 1,200 yards on 261 carries (almost 4.6 yards per rush) and scored 14 touchdowns. He suffered a neck injury in the December 22 win over the New York Giants that required surgery.
The Eagles signed LeGarrette Blount in free agency to be the lead back in 2017. The Eagles also drafted Donnel Pumphrey, the FBS' all-time leading rusher, in the fourth round of this year's draft and signed Corey Clement as a rookie free agent. In addition, the Eagles have Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and Byron Marshall from last season.
Head coach Doug Pederson will address the move in his press conference following practice at around 11 a.m.