NFL free agents: Running back Ryan Mathews could interest Dolphins

Ryan Mathews is available. (Getty Images)

DAVIE—With their running back depth depleted, the Dolphins would be wise to take a look at former 1,000-yard rusher Ryan Mathews.

Mathews, 29, was released by the Eagles on Tuesday and he was healthy enough to pass their physical. He’s far from his prime, when he put up a career-high 1,255 yards for the Chargers in 2013, but he’s still been productive at 4.6 yards per carry over the past two seasons.

The Dolphins got Jay Ajayi back from a two-week concussion just as they lost Kenyan Drake to one. With Ajayi’s rugged running style and a heavy projected workload for him, depth is going to be key at running back. Damien Williams is there as well, but Miami uses him in a variety of roles rather than as a conventional running back.

Mathews had neck surgery last year, ending a season in which he played 13 games and rushed for 661 yards on 155 carries. He also scored eight touchdowns.

It’d be interesting timing if the Dolphins add him within the next week considering they’ll be practicing with Philadelphia on Monday and Tuesday before the teams meet in a preseason game Aug. 24. They’re already bringing back former Eagles Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso.

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