Rishard Matthews gets extension from Titans

Rishard Matthews gets extension from Titans

The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a contract extension with wide receiver Rishard Matthews, the club announced on Tuesday.

Matthews, who was entering the final year of the three-year free agent deal he signed with the Titans in 2016, reportedly added one year to the contract at $7.7 million.

Matthews has been on the physically unable to perform list with an undisclosed injury since the start of training camp this summer and also was not able to practice for much of the Titans organized team activities and mini-camp as well during the off-season.

“I think we feel good about his work and where he’s at,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said of Matthews’ efforts to return from the injury. “Obviously, he’s put in a lot of time to get himself ready for the season, and hopefully we will see him shortly.”

Matthews has been the Titans’ most productive wide receiver since coming over as a free agent from the Miami Dolphins two years ago.
He caught 65 passes for 945 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season as a Titan in 2016. Last year, Matthews caught 53 passes for 795 yards and four scores.

“Rishard has had a lot of success since he’s been here, and we’d like to keep those guys around and reward them,” Vrabel said.

Matthews, once healthy, is expected to join Corey Davis as the team’s starting wide receivers in Matt LaFleur’s new offense in Tennessee.
He was originally a seventh-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2012. Matthews has 225 career receptions in 79 career games in the NFL.

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