Ryan Mathews Could Have a New Running Mate in 2016
It looks like the Eagles will be bringing back Ryan Matthews, but still could have their eye on upgrading the running back position.
Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman stated he is very comfortable using a "high pick" at the RB position.
His recent comments about the rarity of finding a “special talent” at the running back position, has fueled speculation that the Eagles could have interest in Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott with the No. 8 pick in the draft.
Roseman said the team wanted to "get value" for one of their running backs this offseason and were able to send DeMarco Murray packing two weeks ago, shipping him to Tennessee in a move that allowed the Eagles to move up in the fourth round. In the process it opened up the need for someone to either split carries, or take over the load from Mathews.
Mathews was signed last offseason, and went on to run 106 times for 539 yards and six scores in his first season with the Eagles, splitting time with Murray and Darren Sproles. A groin injury suffered in Week six slowed him down during he second half of the season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported earlier his month that Mathews "was available for the right price," but the Murray deal most likely mean he'll be back at a manageable $3 million in 2016, but is injury history suggests the Eagles need to find a more durable lead back with Mathews serving as a secondary option.
So while Matthews looks likes he will be back, he could have a new partner to split time with in 2016.