Enter Evan Mathis. Mathis may be 34 years old, but the man is still playing at an All-Pro level. Mathis is a two time Pro Bowler, and was an All-Pro back in 2013. Pro Football Focus rated Mathis as the best guard in football in 2011, 2012, and 2013, and the second best last season. Why would the Eagles just release the guard then? Mathis and head coach Chip Kelly never seemed to see eye-to-eye and Evan wanted a new contract. He held out of OTA's and this all culminated in his release. From a football perspective it makes all the sense in the world. The Jets sure up the offensive line, and add some protection for young quarterback Geno Smith. The team beefs up the running game and gets a veteran leader in the locker room. It doesn't hurt that Todd Bowles has been a coach on an Evan Mathis team in two different cities.
A roadblock that may halt the Mathis to the Jets dream is money. Currently, the Jets have just a shade under $5 million to spend. That is not enough for a talent like Mathis, unless they backload the deal. The Jets will have to get creative. Some key players could be cut if the Jets make the move to get Mathis. What about Muhammad Wilkerson? How would signing Evan Mathis make him feel? Not great, if you couldn't guess. When I look at a potential addition for the Jets, I always ask myself, "Will they help the Jets win?". In this case, the answer is a strong yes.