By signing former Patriot LeGarrette Blount the Eagles now have a consistent mix of backs who can provide a change of pace. The deal is worth up to $2.8 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
After a hip injury kept him out half of the 2015 season, Blount had an wonderful year in 2016.
Blount, 31, played the last two seasons with the New England Patriots. The Eagles likely will reach an injury settlement and release Mathews, which would save them $4 million against the salary cap.
Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie were both thrilled with the signing.
Wilfork spent his first 11 seasons and won two Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. Given his 250-pound frame, Blount now gives Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich a legitimate option to run the ball in short-yardage situations and along the goal line.
Meanwhile, perhaps just as importantly to the Patriots, Blount is moving outside the AFC where he is less of a threat to them.
The Eagles were not projected to gain any compensatory picks so they can sign Blount without any negative repercussions, unlike other teams that showed interest like the Baltimore Ravens or New York Giants. His 1,161 yards and 18 touchdowns look nice, but Blount averaged just 3.9 yards per carry on 299 attempts.
Bob Quinn has publicly expressed confidence in his current group of running backs and his actions have matched his words. Is there a better mentor out there? Afterward, he said he thought he played in his last football game, but also said he would take the time to do his due diligence. Corey Clement is going to learn a lot from LeGarrette.
If the Eagles do employ a RB-by-committee system, it seems unlikely Blount will come anywhere near his workload from last season.
When asked, Howie Roseman outlined a bit of what the team hopes to get from him.