Evan Mathis made something extremely clear on Thursday.
He's not holding out. He has no plans to hold out.
Even though reports surfaced recently that the Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro guard was seeking a new contract, Mathis hasn't responded. Until now.
"I think with those contract questions, you haven't heard anything from myself, you haven't heard anything from [my agent Drew] Rosenhaus, the Eagles," Mathis told Comcast SportsNet's Derrick Gunn on Thursday. "For that type of matter I think it's best that anything stays in house, just be professional about it.
"If I did ask for a new contract, I'm not going to tell [the media] I want a new contract. How are you going to get me a new contact? Seriously though, for all that type of stuff, the best approach would be to keep it in house.
"I'm here. I'm not holding out. I much prefer reading the articles and the hate tweets and everything from conjecture as opposed to any information that ever came from anybody that knew anything about the situation."
Mathis signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract before the 2012 season and just earned his Pro Bowl nod after the '13 season.
Mathis refused to believe his situation would become a distraction despite reports about restructuring his deal.
"A distraction? No," Mathis also told Comcast SportsNet. "I mean, I'm not going to let anything distract me from my job, which is to play football. And I can handle anything you guys (reporters) throw at me. So that's not going to distract me. If you want to keep asking questions, I'm here to answer them. So it doesn't really bother me, and if people want to keep tweeting to me I'm right there. I'm wide open. I'm easy to get to, so it's not going to be a distraction."