Titans add free agent WR Rishard Matthews

Titans add free agent WR Rishard Matthews

The Tennessee Titans went back to the free agent well again on Wednesday night and have agreed to a deal with former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews.

The deal is for three years, per a league source, and gives the Titans another receiver to add to a position group that needed to bolster its numbers and its productivity.

Matthews had 43 receptions for 662 yards and four touchdown catches in 2015. He has had a bit of an up-and-down career in four years in Miami, having only 12 catches in 2014, but having posted 41 in 2015.

Matthews was originally chosen by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has 107 career catches and eight touchdowns receptions in his career.

Matthews joins the Titans and should compete for playing time right away with a group that includes veterans Harry Douglas and Kendall Wright, second-year pro Dorial Green-Beckham and fourth-year player Justin Hunter. As a group, Titans wide receivers had the fewest receptions in the NFL in 2015.

The Titans’ lack of success at the receiver position is well documented, as Wright has been on a two-year slide, posting just 36 receptions after having had 94 catches two years ago.

Green-Beckham led the Titans with 569 yards receiving on 32 catches in his rookie season, despite an up-and-down season in his first year in the NFL.

Matthews is the fourth free agent player added by Titans GM Jon Robinson this off-season and the second member of the Miami Dolphins roster from last year. The Titans last week added veteran cornerback Brice McCain.

The Titans this week have also signed center Ben Jones of the Houston Texans and backup quarterback Matt Cassell of the Dallas Cowboys.

In addition, Tennessee also traded for former Philadelphia Eagles running back DeMarco Murray, who arrived in Nashville on Wednesday and is scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday.

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