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Ryan Mathews | Running Back | #24

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/10/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 220
College: Fresno State
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 1 (12) / LAC
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Free agent Ryan Mathews (neck) plans to continue his playing career.
A late season neck injury had Mathews' career in question initially, but he was able to pass a physical on Tuesday before the Eagles released him. Turning 30 in October, Mathews' career is already winding down fast. He'll likely get one more shot. Mathews hasn't been on a field since late 2016. Aug 15 - 10:25 PM

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Eagles released Ryan Mathews.

This was always the expectation after Mathews was medically cleared of his neck injury Tuesday. The move saves Philly $4 million against the cap. If he actually is healthy, Mathews should latch on somewhere in the near future.
Aug 15 - 11:41 AM

Ryan Mathews (neck) has been medically cleared.

Coach Doug Pederson said he would meet with EVP Howie Roseman later today to decide on Mathews' future, but it is highly unlikely they retain the running back. The Eagles will save $4 million against the cap if (when) Mathews is cut.
Aug 15 - 11:05 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Ryan Mathews (neck) has "arrived in Philly," and the sides could be nearing a resolution to his Eagles future.

We've heard next to nothing on Mathews' status this summer. The belief has been that the Eagles are waiting on Mathews to receive medical clearance before releasing him. That way, the team can avoid an injury settlement (nice doing business with you). His health remains entirely unclear. Mathews turns 30 in October.
Aug 14 - 1:41 PM

Ryan Mathews (neck) has yet to be medically cleared.

Mathews underwent neck surgery after the season and has been excused from camp while he recovers. The Eagles want to wait until he is able to pass a physical to release him, which would allow them to avoid an injury settlement, but the Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen reports he will not be cleared for at least another couple weeks.
Jul 23 - 3:07 PM

The Eagles can avoid paying Ryan Mathews (neck surgery) an injury settlement by waiting until he's medically cleared to release him.

It's the only reason why Mathews hasn't been released yet. Were Mathews cut today, the Eagles would be forced to pay him a $1.15 million Injury Protection Benefit. Beat writer Jimmy Kempski believes the Eagles would have already released Mathews if there were no NFL salary cap. As is, the Eagles rank 29th in available cap space ($6.08 million) and are therefore waiting for Mathews' clearance from neck surgery to wipe his full $4 million salary off the books.
Jul 3 - 3:50 PM

Speaking to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Darren Sproles said he expects LeGarrette Blount and Ryan Mathews to split early-down work for the Eagles this season.

Sproles sees himself as the primary back on third downs with Donnel Pumphrey working out of the slot and Wendell Smallwood occupying an "all-purpose" role. It's possible that Sproles was just being diplomatic, but it's interesting that he mentioned Mathews, who the Eagles are widely expected to release. Mathews missed the team's offseason program while recovering from neck surgery. Maybe Sproles knows something we don't, but Mathews still seems like a major long shot to make the 53-man roster.
Jun 30 - 2:51 PM

Ryan Mathews (neck surgery) is not participating in mandatory minicamp.

The Eagles said they were being "cautious" with the oft-injured back. Reporter Jeff McLane, like many others, expects Mathews to be released once he is back to full health. Without knowing his health status or what team he will be playing for come Week 1, Mathews is currently off the 2017 fantasy radar.
Jun 13 - 4:39 PM

The Baltimore Sun's Jeff Zrebiec believes the Ravens could have some interest in Ryan Mathews.

Mathews is still under contract with the Eagles, but he is expected to be released once he is able to pass a physical -- he is recovering from neck surgery. Zrebiec reports the Ravens "like what they have in Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon, and Danny Woodhead" and are not "scouring the open market for a 16-game starter," but they could see Mathews as "insurance" while Dixon is suspended the first four games.
May 18 - 10:02 AM

The Eagles are expected to release Ryan Mathews following the addition of LeGarrette Blount.

They likely won't do so until Mathews is healthy after suffering a neck injury late last season. Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski has been saying for months that Mathews is a goner, so this doesn't come as a shock. Mathews is coming off neck surgery and may not be healthy for another couple of months.
May 17 - 11:11 AM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski still expects the Eagles to release RB Ryan Mathews.

Kempski still considers Mathews a "goner," even after the Eagles did very little to add to the running back position in the draft, only taking pint-sized Donnel Pumphrey (5'9/170) and being leapfrogged by the Vikings for Dalvin Cook in the second round. Mathews is coming off a serious neck injury that required surgery but has been cleared to resume working out. His future is still up in the air.
May 1 - 9:50 AM

Ryan Mathews (neck surgery) has been cleared to resume working out.

Mathews has been considered a candidate for release, but the Eagles weren't overly aggressive at running back in the draft, adding only fourth-rounder Donnel Pumphrey. Mathews' roster spot appears safe for the time being. The oft-injured back will be babied through the offseason program, but seems like he will be ready for camp.
Apr 29 - 7:39 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer says Ryan Mathews has "probably played his last game for the Eagles."

Mathews is owed a non-guaranteed $4 million salary coming off a serious neck injury. Entering his age-30 season, it's going to take a pay cut for him to return. The Eagles have Wendell Smallwood, Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner, Byron Marshall, and Terrell Watson all under contract. Releasing Mathews would leave $1 million in dead money.
Mar 4 - 5:05 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Ryan Mathews a candidate to be released or asked to take a pay cut.

Mathews is entering the final year of his contract, and his $4 million base salary is currently ninth-highest among all running backs. In no way is Mathews a top-10 back in this league, and he's coming off a serious neck injury suffered in Week 16. Cutting Mathews would clear $4 million in cap space.
Jan 18 - 3:08 PM

Ryan Mathews will miss the final week of the season with a herniated disc in his neck.

Coach Doug Pederson said Mathews needs surgery, as this is a significant injury. The herniation is between Mathews' C6 and C7 vertebrae. It could affect Mathews' availability for 2017, the final year of his contract. With Darren Sproles and Byron Marshall the only healthy running backs for Week 17, Terrell Watson could be looking at a possible promotion from the practice squad.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 12:06:00 PM

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