Here’s the Music Video Evan Mathis Texted to Chip Kelly Asking to Be Released

“Please release me, let me go
For I don’t love you anymore
To waste our lives would be a sin
Release me and let me love again

Please release me, can’t you see
You’d be a fool to cling to me
To live our lives would bring us pain
So release me and let me love again
(Let me love, let me love)”

Those are the first and last verses to “Please Release Me” by Engelbert Humperdinck – his real name, Arnold Dorsey, just isn’t as SHOWBIZ. Why did we post this? Because Evan Mathis said it’s the video he texted Chip Kelly asking to be released.

In an interview that came out today with Denver’s 9News, Mathis told the story to Mike Klis via email:

Before Mathis encountered his decision between the Dolphins and Broncos, he first needed Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly to release him from his Eagles contract. Kelly was not willing to rework Mathis’ contract, as the previous Eagles’ regime had.

Most players would use their agent to handle such a task. Mathis directly texted Kelly with a YouTube video of Engelbert Humperdinck singing, “Please release me, let me go. …’’


Does this sound like some classic Mathis prank? Yes it does, but Jeff McLane backed him up:

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Mathis continued in the interview, giving his opinion of Chip, as well as the timeline of his release:

“There were many things that Chip had done that showed me he wasn’t building a championship team. Two of the main issues that concerned me were: 1. A never-evolving, vanilla offense that forced our own defense to play higher than normal play counts. 2. His impatience with certain personality types even when they were blue-chip talents. The Broncos team I was on would have eaten Chip alive. I don’t think he could have handled the plethora of large personalities …

March 23rd: A report came out that the Eagles would release me if they couldn’t trade me.

March 25th: I sent Chip a text that had this YouTube link.

June 11th: Chip Kelly calls me to tell me they are releasing me to see if I can get what I want. I replied, “Are you sure you want to do that?”

Those are strong words from Mathis, who was never one to hold back, and it just leaves us with one question: Did Mathis have to Google around for that song, or is he a hardcore Humperdinckerhead?

Kyle: Mathis is a dickhead. Completely unnecessary shot from a guy whose career is basically over, so there will be no repercussions for acting like an entitled prick. You’re so cool, Evan.


21 Responses

  1. Why is Mathis even talking about Chip? He did you a favor. You won a damn super bowl but you’re still hung up on getting released. A move that impacted your career in one of the most positive ways possible. Would it have been so hard to just say, “yeah that’s in the past and look where I am now.” I blame the reporter but he’s got a job to do I guess. I mostly blame the NFL for refusing to have an off season. They’ve created this nonsense where they need to stay in the sports landscape year round when in reality nothing is happening.

    1. if there is one thing i’ve learned this NFL season is that i really underrated how huge the ego’s of professional athletes are. They are some of the most dramatic sensitive little snowflakes and i think what Mr. Mathis is really upset about is the fact that he still believes that Chip cost him money, which would be erroneous because his agent Drew Rosenhaus did that. He kind of contradicts himself here in a sense…he knew he wasn’t bulding a championship team, but initially Mathis did want to stay, that is until he knew he wasn’t getting a raise. Oh i get it, no raise = “this guy doesn’t know what he’s doing”.

      Mathis listened to his money hungry agent and acted like an ass so he got released and ended up with a lighter wallet….while his agent ended up getting a new chunk of change after Mathis signed a new contract for considerably less money. Maybe Mathis can sell his Super Bowl ring and recoup some of that money he lost

      1. You’re right, Chip didn’t cost Mathis money in the end, but Chip DID ‘save’ the Eagles money. And how did that work out for Chip from an offensive line standpoint? It is supposed to be about winning right?

    2. RE: ‘GET OVER IT’
      your the one who needs to get over it instead of perpetuating stupid news crap like this.
      Instead, your getting all bent out of shape about comments someone (who you don’t care about) said
      about someone (who you don’t care about) else. Neither or who are on your shtty team.
      Try picking a real team with super bowls you whining little crybaby.
      GO DALLAS!

    1. We went out on strike. Picketing for better wages, no surveys (does anyone really give the right answers) and stop the “Awaiting Moderation.”

  2. Evan Mathis was a $7 million cap hit in 2016. He wanted more money. He couldn’t play at a starter level last year and Denver has no interest in resigning him.

    Howie would of cut him before he cut Riley Cooper. None of this matters, just a former NFL player trying to remain relevant.

    1. He couldn’t play at a starter level last year????? What Super Bowl were you watching? You have no clue whatsoever.

  3. Also, I guess Mathis doesn’t remember his own teammates basically turning their back on him before he got released. Dont remember exact quotes but i remember hearing stuff like, “he’s not here, were moving on., if he doesn’t wanna be here, next guy up”

    Mathis was overrated. If the eagles had him this year, their record wouldn’t have been any diffeent. And like the above poster said, he would’ve been released this off season anyway

  4. Mathis is a dick but Chip ishn’t? Come on. That situation wash a head-on collishion of dickdom.

  5. pretty interesting reading his concerns because neither of them were about more money. had he recived a pay increase, i’m sure those concerns would have disappeared immediately.

    dude is a typical frat guy asshole. even his former teammates were okay with him being released, clearly tells you all you need to know about the guy’s personality in the locker room. class act, evan.

  6. In five years from now Chip will be coaching at a mid-level PAC-12 or BIG 12 program. Think Washington, UCLA, Texas Tech, Oklahoma St., etc…

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