The Denver Broncos have landed major offensive line help in the form of Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis. The signing, reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter, comes two months after Mathis was released by the Philadelphia Eagles and will give Mathis a one-year contract, allowing him to test free agency again next year.
Mathis had been on the radar of many Miami Dolphins fans, and those of several other teams, as an easy solution to offensive line issues. He was expected to demand a contact in the $5.5 million per year range, however, which priced him out of many clubs' plans. Mathis has denied the price tag, recently using his verified Reddit account to say he would consider a contract in the $3.5 million with incentives. The exact details of Mathis' deal with the Broncos have not been released, but Schefter has said it could be worth up to $4 million this season, if playing time incentives are earned.
The Broncos will be Mathis' fifth team in his ten year career. He started with the Carolina Panthers in 2005, then spent a brief stint with the Dolphins in 2008 before joining the Cincinnati Bengals during that season. After the 2010 season, he joined the Eagles, where he started at left guard for all four years (2011-2014), earning Pro Bowl selections in 2013 and 2014, and being a First-Team All-Pro selection in 2013.