Sunday, March 18, 2012

Former Tide star Evan Mathis hits paydirt

Agrees to $25.5 million deal with Philadelphia Eagles
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Former Alabama standout Evan Mathis and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed on a five-year contract, the latest key player the team has locked up.

A person familiar with the negotiations says Mathis' deal is worth $25.5 million with $7 million guaranteed. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms have not been announced.

The team said it reached agreement with Mathis on Saturday. Mathis, an unrestricted free agent at guard, visited Baltimore on Friday.

Mathis, a Homewood native, is coming off his best season in his first year with the Eagles. He earned a starting job in training camp and moved into the lineup at left guard just days before the team's first game.
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Without exception, getting to the second contract is the surest sign of success in the NFL. Only the top stars in the draft rack up on their rookie deals. Those drafted in later rounds don't get the big payday until they pay their dues, earn a starting role and make it to their second deal.

Mathis was taken by the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd round of the 2005 draft. He played three seasons there before joining the Dolphins for the 2008 season. He then played three years with the Bengals before joining the Eagles. He earned a starting role on the offensive line and has finally earned the big check.

Mathis, a Homewood product, is also the nephew of Bob Baumhower.

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