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UPDATE: The Eagles have officially signed former Charger running back to a three-year, $11.5 million dollar contract. $5 million were guaranteed. Adam Schefter reported the news first:
The Eagles already added a few torn ACL’s, a torn pectoral muscle, now how about an injured clavicle, concussion and miscellaneous injuries? Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1 is reporting that the Birds will sign former San Diego Charger running back Ryan Mathews.
The former Fresno State star is an intriguing add to the Eagles uptempo offense. Mathews can excel in all phases of the game, rushing for 4,061 yards while adding 146 receptions for 1,110 yards. He has 24 career touchdowns, 23 of which have come on the ground. Where Mathews is often stunted is in the form of health. Just once in his five year career has he played all 16 games.
Last season alone, Mathews played in just six games because of knee and ankle injuries. In all, he has missed 20 games in five years.
When healthy, the back can be a lethal weapon. In 2013, when playing the full season, Mathews rushed for a career high 1,255 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 4.4 yards per run. Twice in his career has he rushed for over 1,000 yards.
If, and when, the Eagles sign Mathews, he will be in familiar territory: a three-headed rushing attack, to which he will be counted on to lead.