Evan Mathis a good fit for the Kansas City Chiefs?


The Kansas City Chiefs have an improved, yet shaky, offensive line. General manager John Dorsey was active with the guards this offseason, trading a fifth-round pick to the New Orleans Saints for Ben Grubbs while signing Paul Fanaika to a three-year deal. Could Dorsey have one more move in him?

On Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles released left guard Evan Mathis, per NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Mathis, 34, has been one of the best guards in football over the past two years, making the Pro Bowl twice and being named an All-Pro in 2013. Last year, Mathis was rated as the second-best guard in the NFL with only Marshal Yanda of the Baltimore Ravens checking in higher.

Mathis is 34 years old, but it is likely going to take a minimum of a two-year deal to make a contract happen. Mathis was embroiled in heated talks with the Eagles front office in hopes of a new pact and never got it. Mathis was scheduled to make $6.5 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2016.

It won’t be cheap for Kansas City to sign him, but it does have the advantage of Andy Reid. Reid signed Mathis back in 2011 when he was with Philadelphia, and Mathis flourished in his system. Would Mathis take a little less to come to the Chiefs and be on a winner with his former head coach? It’s a stretch, but it isn’t impossible.

If a marriage between the two sides is possible, Dorsey is going to have to be creative. Kansas City has $978 thousand in cap space, by far the least of any team. To sign Mathis, Dorsey would likely have to release Chase Daniel and then give Mathis a large signing bonus with a fat, guaranteed salary in 2016. Next year, the Chiefs have a great cap situation with $48.75 million available, the seventh-highest total in the league.