After a somewhat surprising trade of Brandin Cooks earlier in the week, it seemed likely the Patriots would add another receiver to the depth chart. Now, they have done that. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have come to terms on a one-year contract with former Eagles and Bills wideout, Jordan Matthews.
Patriots are signing former Bills’ WR Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal, per source. Healthy now, so could be a real factor.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2018
Matthews was drafted by the Eagles in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The very draft that now-former Patriot Brandin Cooks was a part of. The Vanderbilt alumn spent three seasons with the Eagles, hauling in 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns. He played in all but two games over that three-year stretch.
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Following the 2016 season, Matthews was shipped to Buffalo in exchange for cornerback Ronald Darby after the Bills lost wideout Sammy Watkins. His lone season in Western New York was forgettable and ended in early December when he was placed on I.R. Matthews played in just 10 games and caught 25 balls for 282 yards and one touchdown.
Now healthy, Matthews is the newest member of a revamped Patriots receiving corps. Cooks and Danny Amendola are now gone. Matthews, along with Cordarrelle Patterson, arrived this offseason and the team surprisingly retained Kenny Britt. In addition, Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell are set to return after missing the entirety of the 2017 season.
Matthews had drawn interest from other teams such as the Packers and Titans but it was reported last week the Patriots were interested in the 25-year-old receiver. The receiver visited the team on Monday. Now, after the Cooks trade, it makes much more sense. Matthews now has an opportunity to catch passes from Tom Brady, the reigning league MVP, and play for a team that has been in the Super Bowl in three out of the four seasons Matthews has been in the league.