The Miami Dolphins may be on the cusp of a another colossal splash this offseason, a day after signing the best free agent available in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the richest contract for a defensive player in NFL history.
The team is reportedly efforting another star in the trenches, according to the Miami Herald, "working on" a trade to acquire two-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Evan Mathis from the Philadelphia Eagles. He actually played for the Dolphins briefly in 2008 before getting released.
A Pro Bowler in each of the last two seasons, Mathis is among the best offensive linemen in football as Pro Football Focus' guard rankings indicate dating back to 2011.
The 33-year-old interior lineman allowed his quarterback to get hit just twice all of last season but missed seven games due to an MCL sprain suffered in Week 1.
Adding a proven veteran guard to what's been a problematic offensive line would allow Mike Pouncey to shift back to his natural position of center after playing guard last season. Mathis is heading into the fourth year of a five-year contract that will pay him a base salary of $5.5 million in 2015 and $6.5 million in 2016.
One has to wonder whether Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan, who played under Chip Kelly at Oregon, will be among the players proffered in a potential swap.
Also, and this is purely just a fun fact, Mathis was the highest rated offensive lineman in Madden 25 (2013 version).
Update: The Dolphins denied the Herald report.
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