This choice is obviously contingent on Evan Mathis re-signing with Philadelphia as a free agent. The left guard has already jokingly noted that he would come back for “$20 and a pizza”, so it’s very likely that he returns.
If he can replicate his performance from last year, Mathis should be a lock to make the Pro Bowl.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Eagles finished the season with the second-best offensive line, only behind the New Orleans Saints.
The Saints are still trying to get quarterback Drew Brees to sign a long-term contract after designating him with the franchise tag. This is important because as long as the team has their attention and financial assets committed to Brees, they won’t have anything substantial to offer Pro Bowl free agent Carl Nicks.
Since Nicks is likely to walk, there is a very realistic chance that he switches conferences, which would leave Mathis with very little competition for his Pro Bowl roster spot.
According to PFF standards, not only did Mathis outperform Pro Bowl teammate, Jason Peters, but also Nicks as well.
In the 15 games he started, Mathis allowed only one quarterback pressure per game and didn’t give up a single sack in 1,024 snaps.
His consistency should translate well into his second season with Philly, especially since the offensive line will be more experienced and have the benefit of a full offseason together.