Rishard Matthews had a banner year in his first season with the Tennessee Titans.
The fifth-year pro caught 65 passes, which tied him for the team lead with Delanie Walker and also caught a team-high nine touchdown passes. Matthews also had 945 yards receiving, another career high for the former Nevada standout.
Two of those accomplishments also earned Matthews another $500,000 bonus, according to sources. Matthews earned $250,000 for having at least seven touchdown receptions this season and added another $250,000 by reaching 65 receptions, something he was able to do in the season finale when he had nine catches against the Houston Texans.
Matthews nearly had another $250,000 bonus, but he fell 55 yards short of 1,000 yards receiving.
The Titans signed Matthews to a three-year, $15 million contract last off-season. He received a $2.5 million signing bonus and had a $2.5 million base salary this season. The extra half million gave Matthews $5.5 million earned for the 2016 season.
His base salary jumps to $5 million for 2017.