Mathis turns down Ravens, stays with Eagles


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The Baltimore Ravens are still in the market for Ben Grubbs’ replacement at left guard, as Evan Mathis has agreed to a new deal to remain with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Mathis, 30, agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal to remain in Philadelphia after having his most successful season in 2011 with the Eagles.

Mathis, the top guard remaining in the free agent market, had reportedly described the Ravens as a “good fit,” but the left Baltimore on Friday to fly back home to Arizona to decide whether he wanted to join the Ravens or stick with the Eagles, who finished 8-8 last season.

The seven-year veteran started 15 games for the Eagles last season and was considered the team’s top run blocker. In fact, Mathis was the top ranked offensive guard in 2011, according to Pro Football Focus.