The Evan Mathis watch might be coming to an end. According to several reports, the free agent Pro Bowl guard is very close to a deal with a team in the AFC East, with the most likely candidates being either the New York Jets or the Miami Dolphins.
The latest reports regarding Mathis were that the Dolphins and Mathis were about $3 million apart on a negotiated number, and no reports up until have indicated that a deal was anywhere close to being done.
Mathis' agent Drew Rossenhaus has been spotted around the facility talking to Vice President of Football Operations Mike Tannenbaum several times over the course of training camp, and speculation ran rampant that the veteran lineman was the subject of the talks.
The signing of Mathis would instantly solidify an offensive line that is currently reeling due to the loss of left tackle Branden Albert who may or may not be ready for the beginning of the season. The problem is that he would be a short-term fix, and cap analysts have said that the Dolphins would be in serious cap trouble next season if Mathis signed the deal everyone's expecting.
It's a double-edged sword with Mathis. Excellent short-term, but potentially grave consequences long-term. Everyone will now be on full alert as the Dolphins face the Bears tomorrow night, and the results of the line play against Chicago may decide the fate of the veteran guard.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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