Herremans: I'd hate to see Mathis leave Eagles

Herremans: I'd hate to see Mathis leave Eagles
March 28, 2014, 12:00 am
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Evan Mathis (left, No. 69) and Todd Herremans (right, No. 79) have started 40 games together for the Eagles since 2011. (USA Today Images)

Evan Mathis' dominance at left guard hasn't gone unnoticed in recent years, and in 2013 he earned his first Pro Bowl selection, along with a first-team All Pro nod.

And because he's playing at such a high level, Mathis, 32, is seeking a new contract just two years after signing a five-year, $25.5 million deal with the Eagles, a source told CSNPhilly.com's Geoff Mosher Wednesday (see story).

Right guard Todd Herremans addressed his linemate's request for a raise Thursday at Herremans' charity event.

"I think that Evan will end up playing here," Herremans said. "But you never know. It's a business. ... You get closer to the end of your career, you figure realistically in your head, you give yourself a number [of years] you have left, you want to be able to make the most out of those years remaining. He's a good football player and he's a good person, but everybody has their own needs and wants."

Mathis has started 47 of 48 games since joining the Eagles as an unheralded member of the "Dream Team" class. Prior to that, he played three years in Carolina, a half-season in Miami and 26 games in Cincinnati.

"He traveled around the league quite a bit before he got here and kinda entrenched himself and had three really solid years," Herremans said. "So I'd hate to see it happen where he had to go somewhere else."