One of the more intriguing questions of the preseason is why teams with obvious needs in the interior of their offensive lines have declined to sign free agent guard Evan Mathis despite the fact he is a former Pro Bowl player.
Well, that intrigue is expected to end this week, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents Mathis.
"The news is we'll have a decision on a team by the end of this week," Rosenhaus said during his weekly appearance on South Florida's WSVN-7.
Mathis has had interest from the Seattle Seahawks and "other teams," according to Rosenhaus. He has not visited the Miami Dolphins despite their obvious need to upgrade the interior line.
Well, Mathis has up to now wanted a deal that would pay him around $5.5 million this season or what he was scheduled to make from the Philadelphia Eagles before they cut him in June. No team has been willing to come close to that price.
And so the chances are quite good Mathis is now going to be lowering his asking price.
I do know that Mathis would like to play for the Dolphins and his kin, former Dolphins nose tackle Bob Baumhower, has put out feelers with the team to try to make that happen. Rosenhaus has also pitched the idea of adding Mathis multiple times to the team, specifically to football executive vice president Mike Tannenbaum.
And yet ... nothing.
But there's this: Billy Turner, considered to be the better of the duo of Dallas Thomas at left guard and Turner at right guard has been, well, not good this training camp and preseason. Everyone considered the training camp struggles to be a product of him mostly working against Ndamukong Suh.
But Turner has struggled mightily against both Chicago and Carolina. Turner gave up a quarterback hurry on a pass play and a tackle for loss on a run play on the first series alone against the Panthers.
No, Turner has not been an utter disaster that would cause the Dolphins to call for an armored car to pick up Mathis. But neither has Turner been so solid that the Dolphins could simply ignore the idea that Mathis is still out there.
And his price might be going down.