Now that the Eagles have locked up two long-time veterans, it seemed the time was right to turn to players such as Evan Mathis and Derek Landri, who each made strong contributions last year in their first seasons in Philadelphia.
There's competition, though, for Mathis, according to ESPN, which reported that he is scheduled to visit the Ravens and has also drawn interest from the Colts and Redskins. The Ravens are in danger of losing guard Ben Grubb, and some rate Mathis as one of the best offensive linemen on the market.
Mathis has said he would like to return to the Eagles, but has also made it clear he plans to test the free agent market. He is 30 and has spent his career bouncing between teams before establishing himself as a regular starter last season, contributing to a vastly improved Eagles offensive line. This could be his one chance to land a big contract.
Aside from the Ravens, the Redskins obviously saw Mathis twice last year and the Colts general manager is ex-Eagles personnel man Ryan Grigson.
"Interest" of course can mean a lot of things, especially at a time when rumors are flying and smoke-screens are easy to set. It's not yet clear how intensely the teams are pursuing Mathis or what talks his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, is having with the Eagles behind the scenes. The visit to Baltimore, though, is an ominous sign.
It's a situation the Eagles have to watch closely. If they lose Mathis they would suddenly have a new hole to fill and a question mark in an area of strength last season.