East Notes: Mathis, Cowboys, McClain

Here’s a look at the latest from the AFC and NFC East..

  • Former Eagles guard Evan Mathis may need to agree to a performance-based contract, FOX Sports’ Alex Marvez told 560 WQAM in Miami (audio link). Marvez hesitates to say that agent Drew Rosenhaus overplayed in hand, but he believes that the guard might have to be open to an incentive-laden contract if he wants to get above the $5.5MM threshold he wanted with the Eagles. Mathis, 33, has graded out as one of the very best guards in the NFL for several years running.
  • Babe Laufenberg of The Dallas Morning News says it’s time for the Cowboys to seriously considering cutting linebacker Rolando McClain. McClain, of course, was handed a four-game suspension earlier today for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. For a long time it seemed as though McClain had turned his life around and also his NFL career after having a resurgence in 2014. While he still stands as a very effective linebacker, Laufenberg fears that the cons now outweigh the pros.
  • The Dolphins, on paper, have their most talented squad since Joe Philbin took over as coach four years ago. That means that they’ll have some especially hard decisions to make when it comes to cutdowns. James Walker of ESPN.com looked at one such tough call in tight end Arthur Lynch. The 2014 fifth-round pick didn’t make an impact in his rookie year due to injury and the tight end position is strong with Jordan Cameron and Dion Sims on the depth chart. All in all, Walker gives Lynch a 33% chance of making the team.
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