Philadelphia Eagles trade deadline primer: Wideout edition

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Rishard Matthews (Free Agent)

Rishard Matthews is another receiver who has seen better days but can make an immediate impact on this Philadelphia squad. Matthews was a secondary target for the first stage of his career in Miami, but a move to Tennessee gave way to a breakout season as the Titans’ top wideout.

With the Titans, Matthews saw the most targets of his career and reeled in 13 touchdowns during those two years and change. This season Matthews wasn’t getting the same amount of targets and requested his release from the team.

This option could fit the Eagles plans and they wouldn’t have to give up any assets but the number that Matthews is asking for may not fit Howie’s budget. Matthews would like to play again this season but has acknowledged that he may not see the field again until next year.

The fact that he is a free agent and, for a short period of time, was a number one receiver may lead you to believe there is nothing but upside to signing Matthews. While I think it’s a solid option, we already have a former “number one” Matthews in our supporting cast.

His “elite” status is heavily flawed due to the fact that it came on a Tennessee team with little to no offense in that time period and, aside from his last season with the Dolphins, has never showcased “wow factor” as a secondary option.

For the right price, Matthews could be an additional target for Wentz to find when the playmakers are covered instead of taking the sack or forcing a bad throw.