WDR possesses an unhealthy of love of Evan Mathis. He'd slipped out of my mind recently but thanks to Cincy Jungle he's back on the forefront. It's also nice to know we're not the only ones with this mancrush. It makes all those voicemails a lot less awkward.
First, Cincy Jungle reminds us that a quick way to shore up the line would have been to simply keep Mathis and ditch Livings. Of course, since that makes sense you can rest assured that the Bengals will not let that happen. And, in fact, it definitely turns out they will not. I am not quite sure what sort of treatment the Bengals gave Mathis during his time here, but it appears to have been similar to sentencing him to the gimp room based on his scorched earth tweets. He even went after Mike Brown himself:
I've never met a Bengal fan I didn't like. I respect you defending your team. I'm not attacking fans. Mike Brown? Might as well.
That's pretty extreme. Most players who struggle to find starting spots in the NFL are loathe to say such blantantly negative things about their employers lest they hurt their ability to catch on somewhere else in the future. You could counter that perhaps his willingness to attack Mike Brown means Mathis lacks judgment and has a bad attitude that makes him a high risk player. I think you would be wrong. Read his interview on ProFootballFocus.com. You can see he is thoughtful and intelligent. He even has plans to write a book. I probably don't need to tell you this, but not many professional athletes also plan to be published authors.
Whenever Mathis played in games, he graded among the best of all lineman in football. He also wants to write. Let's hope he spends more than a few paragraphs on what it's like to be a Bengal.