Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews thinks the team will regret trading Taywan Taylor.
I think it’s safe to say most Tennessee Titans fans agreed that the move to trade Taywan Taylor was a smart one, but former wide receiver Rishard Matthews doesn’t agree.
Taylor was traded right before the roster cut deadline on Saturday, with the Titans sending their former third-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2020 seventh-rounder.
Taylor posted his first picture in a Browns uniform on his Instagram page on Monday, and Matthews commented on it, saying the Titans are “going to regret that move.”
Matthews’ comment is underneath the picture below (h/t Tres Winn on Twitter).
"“They going to regret that move 💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾 take everything you’ve learned and apply it in your new journey. You already know the formula to securing the bag. Now go do👊🏾👊🏾”."
Taylor struggled during the preseason, as he dealt with drops and overall inconsistency in four exhibition contests. Not to mention, he was outplayed by fellow wideout Kalif Raymond every step of the way.
With Raymond deserving a spot on the roster more than Taylor, the Titans decided to keep the Holy Cross product instead and were able to get something in return for Taylor.
The return for Taylor also matched what the Titans gave up to acquire former Green Bay Packers outside linebacker, Reggie Gilbert, which was a 2020 seventh-round pick. So, the Titans dealt from a position of strength to recoup what they gave up to fill a position of need.
Not a bad chain of moves for the Titans, and it certainly made more sense to trade Taylor than to just flat out cut him.
Of course, Matthews has a bias because he and Taylor were teammates on the Titans back in 2017, and Matthews was also a receiver during his career. The ex-Titan is now retired after he ditched his last team, the New Orleans Saints, in mid-August, resulting in his being cut.
Regardless of what Matthews thinks, the Titans made the right move. Now, Taylor gets a fresh start in Cleveland and the Titans will move on after what was nothing short of an up-and-down tenure for the Western Kentucky product.