After spending nearly a month on the free agent market and taking visits with several NFL teams, former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews has finally found a new home. The 25-year-old pass catcher reportedly signed a one-year contract with the New England Patriots on Thursday evening.
The Eagles traded Matthews and a 2018 third-round pick to the Bills last summer in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby. Matthews was essentially a throw-in in that deal.
JMatt struggled to produce in Buffalo as he battled through lingering injuries that he ultimately blamed on the Eagles’ medical staff. He only managed to log 25 receptions for 282 yards and one touchdown in 10 games played.
Matthews was very well-liked in the Eagles locker room. Statistically speaking, he was also very productive in his first three years with Philadelphia The problem is that he wasn’t as good as his stats made him out to be. The fact that he wasn’t a hot commodity in free agency confirms as much.
Perhaps Matthews’ career will be revitalized now that he gets to play with Tom Brady. Perhaps the Eagles will even get to face him if Philadelphia and New England are both able to make it back to the Super Bowl.
Here’s wishing Matthews well with his new opportunity. Except when he’s potentially facing the Eagles, of course.