Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Evan Mathis has been the center of trade rumors this offseason. He is scheduled to make roughly $5 million per season over the next three years, and he apparently believes he is worth more. The 32-year-old wants a new contract but Chip Kelly doesn’t seem concerned if he has to replace him. As a result, there has been speculation that Mathis would skip some offseason workouts.
On Sunday, Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Mathis would not be present when the Eagles began their voluntary workout program on Monday. Domowitch knew that because Mathis texted him the following map when he asked the veteran guard if he would be attending OTAs.
Domowitch later told Deadspin that Mathis apologized to him, saying that he was just having a little fun and that he can be taken at his word but “never for my pics, pins, [and] emoticons.” Mathis even retweeted Domowitch’s report just to make him look bad.
That’s pretty cold. Sarcasm can be impossible to detect via text, so you can’t blame Domowitch for taking Mathis’ Turks and Caicos message at face value. Having said that, Mathis is a known jokester who once pretended he was peeing on an IRS building sign. We should probably always be a little skeptical of stuff he says.