5:18pm: Mathis’ base salary is $2.5MM, Klis tweets. As previously reported, Mathis can reach $4MM with incentives.
Interestingly, Peyton Manning‘s offseason pay cut amounted to $4MM, so that money effectively went straight into beefing up his protection.
5:12pm: Mathis’ deal with Denver can be worth as much as $4MM with incentives, Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports tweets. Mathis had an offer for up to $5.5MM, a figure which would have matched the salary he was slated to earn in Philly, but he opted to sign with a contender instead.
With Mathis as the primary left guard, Max Garcia will now become Denver’s swing guy, Mike Klis of 9NEWS tweets.
5:06pm: The Broncos announced that they have agreed to terms with Evan Mathis. Terms of the pact are not yet known.
With Mathis manning the left guard position, the Broncos now arguably boast the league’s best interior offensive line with Louis Vasquez at right guard. In 2013, both players earned All-Pro selections. The addition of Mathis also brings some star power back into Denver’s offensive line following Ryan Clady‘s season-ending ACL tear.
Mathis, released by the Eagles earlier this offseason, is considered one of the league’s best interior linemen. In 2014, despite playing just 608 offensive snaps, the former third-round pick ranked as the league’s best left guard, performing particularly well as a run blocker, according to Pro Football Focus’ data (subscription required). PFF had previously graded Mathis as the NFL’s No. 1 guard in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Mathis was scheduled to earn a base salary of $5.5MM under his Eagles deal.
The Bills, Vikings, Dolphins, Rams, and Patriots were among the teams said to have varying levels of trade interest in him before Philly cut him loose. On Saturday, the Seahawks hosted Mathis on a visit but the two sides were apparently too far apart on compensation. The Broncos were not mentioned as a leading suitor for Mathis, but they have come away with his services.
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