RB - FA
Week 8 Outlook
NFL Insider Adam Caplan is reporting free agent running back Ryan Mathews intends to continue his playing career.
Now healthy, he was recovering from a neck injury prior to his Tuesday release, Mathews is expected to continue his playing career. Expect him to be pursued by running back-needy teams that include the Ravens and Broncos. He should be on an NFL roster by Week 1 of the regular season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting the Philadelphia Eagles are releasing running back Ryan Mathews on Tuesday.
After passing his physical on Tuesday, Mathews was informed of his release, as expected. The Eagles will avoid paying the oft-injured rusher an injury settlement by cutting him after he was cleared. Mathews should find a suitor for the 2017 season sooner rather than later, especially since his health is finally intact.
Ryan Mathews has been cleared by the Eagles' doctors, according to head coach Doug Pederson on Tuesday. It is widely expected that the next move for the team is going to be releasing him. That decision could come as early as this afternoon.
Mathews is almost certainly going to get cut now that he has been cleared, as the speculation all along has been that the Eagles were simply waiting for him to be healthy before releasing him so that they could save additional cap space.
Philadelphia Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski is reporting the Eagles can avoid salary cap ramifications if they move on from Ryan Mathews (neck) when he is medically cleared.
If the Eagles part ways with Mathews before he is medically cleared, they will be forced to pay him $1.15 million as part of an injury settlement if he does not pass a physical with another club, which will count against the 2017 salary cap. The oft-injured rusher's days in Philadelphia are likely numbered, despite the remarks by teammate Darren Sproles last week in which he said that both Mathews and LeGarrette Blount would split the early-down workload. The Eagles' backfield is one to monitor moving forward until the team ultimately comes to a decision on Mathews' future.
ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles is suggesting Ryan Mathews and LeGarrette Blount will split the early-down workload in 2017. "I feel like we can share the ball and everyone can be happy," Sproles said Friday. "All have to know our role"
It appears the Eagles could retain Mathews after all in 2017. He was expected to be released for the duration of the offseason but remains with the club just weeks prior to the start of training camp. If Mathews is ultimately retained, he could split the early-down workload with Blount, the presumed starter, which could drastically change his fantasy value. Currently, most experts the believe Eagles will move on from the oft-injured Mathews and have Blount assuming the bulk of the carries on first and second downs, while Sproles maintains his role as the team's primary receiver out of the backfield and third-down back. If Mathews is there, and he cuts into Blount's workload, his fantasy value and ADP would likely take a nosedive. This is a situation that is worth monitoring as the offseason progresses.