Nashville is the Perfect Place for WR Jordan Matthews

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Jordan Matthews
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Jordan Matthews /

The Tennessee Titans are going into free agency with a few question marks on the roster, with the wide receiver position being one of them. Former Bills WR Jordan Matthews could be an option.

The wide receiver position was a bit of a disappointment for the Tennessee Titans in 2017. A lot of that can be connected to issues with the offensive philosophy of Mike Mularkey and Terry Robiskie. Injuries were also a problem for players like Corey Davis. Davis was expected to be the breakout star of the wide receiver corps last season, but did not have the season fans were expecting. With the only receivers currently on the roster being Davis, Taywan Taylor, Rishard Matthews, and Tajae Sharpe, the Titans can add another receiver to the mix. A guy that makes sense for that position is Jordan Matthews.

Matthews is an interesting case because he is still only 25 years old (will be 26 by the season opener). Most other free agents out there are older and have less upside. Matthews was an exciting prospect when he came out of Vanderbilt in 2014. The second round pick was an accomplished receiver in each of his first three seasons in the NFL, and that was with the likes of Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford, and rookie Carson Wentz throwing to him. In 2015, Matthews was close to having 1,000 receiving yards, accumulating 997 receiving yards that year to go along with eight touchdowns.

Is Jordan Matthews available?

Even though his first three seasons were successful, Matthews was traded to the Buffalo Bills before the 2017 season and did not have the same success he had in Philadelphia. Matthews only played in 10 of the 16 Bills games last season. Those games amounted to 282 yards and one touchdown. With those numbers, it is very possible that Buffalo will not be interested in bringing back Matthews, who will be an unrestricted free agent in a few weeks.

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That is why the Titans should swoop in and grab the young receiver. He does not have to be the star in Nashville, which is excellent for him. Rishard Matthews and Corey Davis should be the top two receivers going into 2018. Matthews could compete with Taywan Taylor for the slot position. Matthews would essentially be taking over for Eric Decker. This also would be a bit of a homecoming for Matthews, as he is a former Vanderbilt player. Matthews is comfortable in Nashville and would be a nice fit.

One of the other reasons to sign Matthews is that he may not cost too much. When players have down seasons, it is easier to pick them up in the subsequent offseason. According to Spotrac, Matthews is projected to make $8.8 million per year on his next contract. That number actually seems really high for a player that was not that productive in 2017. Look for the Titans to offer around $5 million a year if they are interested in Matthews.

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