Eagles sign Mathews; Murray next

Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – The Philadelphia Eagles, apparently
close to a deal with NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray, announced Thursday
they have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with veteran running back
Ryan Mathews.

With reports swirling that Chip Kelly and the Eagles were about to sign Murray
away from the Dallas Cowboys, the team confirmed earlier reports that it had
locked up Mathews.

The Eagles, of course, were in the market for a running back after trading
LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills this week.

Mathews appeared poised to be McCoy’s replacement, but might have to settle
for a backup role if Murray also signs. The 27-year-old has spent each of his
five NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers, who drafted him No. 12 overall
in 2010.

He had two 1,000-yard seasons with San Diego, in 2011 and 2013, but rushed for
just 330 yards and three touchdowns in six games last season while dealing
with knee and ankle injuries.

Mathews has gained 4,061 yards and scored 23 rushing touchdowns in 60 career
games.