After being selected in the third round of the 2005 NFL Draft, guard Evan Mathis disappeared into the Carolina Panthers' depth chart. He briefly made an appearance as a starter in the 2006 season, when he started 15 games, but then was once again relegated to the bench for the 2007 season before the team dumped him at the end of the 2008 preseason.
Shortly there after, the Miami Dolphins were forced into signing mode when rookie Donald Thomas was lost for the season due to injury, and Mathis was signed to the team. He was released two months later.
Fast forward seven years and stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles, and suddenly Miami could find themselves trading for two-time Pro Bowl, one time First-Team All-Pro offensive guard Evan Mathis. According to a report from the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, the Dolphins are actively working with the Eagles and Mathis' agent Drew Rosenhaus to make a trade happen. The trade would likely involve a mid- to late-round draft pick.
Any deal would like have to include a contract extension for Mathis, who will turn 34 during the season. He is scheduled to account for $6.5 million against the cap this season for the Eagles, with that number dropping to $5.5 million for the Dolphins, as the team would just pick up his base salary. He would then account for $6 million in 2016. The Dolphins could look to add more years on to a new contract, which would lower his salary cap number this season.
Several other teams, though none identified, are also thought to be looking to trade for Mathis.