Evan Mathis leaves Seattle without a deal, now what?


The Seattle Seahawks are not happy with the play of their offensive line. They brought in Pro-Bowl guard Evan Mathis for a visit, but he left without a deal.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t some confusion along the way. Twitter was in an uproar last night when Miami beat reporter Omar Kelly tweeted this:

Of course, by that time that went out, we had already heard that Mathis’ meeting with Seattle had ended and was weighing his options.

There is still a chance that Mathis will sign with Seattle, but it’ll have to be on the Seahawks’ terms. They aren’t going to break the bank for a one-year rental.

It’ll come down to priorities for Mathis. He’s near the end of his career. If he wants a ring, there’s no better place to sign than Seattle. If he wants one last payday before he’s unable to earn any more cash playing football, then there’s no worse place he could sign than Seattle.

You can’t fault him for making either choice. Few guys get a chance to chase to ring at the point in his career where he is at. Even fewer get a chance to cash in from a bidding war.

For the Seahawks, they are now in “wait and see” mode. They also must continue to prepare for the regular season under the assumption that Mathis isn’t coming to Seattle.

Luckily, the offensive line play was much improved this week. It still wasn’t good by any stretch of the imagination, but it was improved. There is reason to hope that with some continuity over the next couple of weeks that the unit might be competent by Week 1.

For now, we wait.

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