Philadelphia Eagles: Everything you need to know about Jordan Matthews’ trade
What we’ve learned:
Matthews is a really good second option at receiver that has the numbers of someone who could have been viewed as a first option. His 2,389 receiving yards over his first three seasons is the most of any NFL receiver who’s played in the slot.
He’s just one of five players to record 65+ catches, and 800 yards in his first three seasons in the league.
Losing Jeremy Maclin hurt the Eagles’ chances of keeping Matthews and signing him at a more reasonable number. Without Maclin, Matthews’ numbers skyrocketed, and that cause a spike in his free agent value. Take Kenny Stills of the Miami Dolphins for instance. He’s getting $8 million a year, so what will Jordan Matthews be able to get in a free agent environment where overrated players always seem to get get overpaid.
Then, there’s Mack Hollins. He destroyed the Packers in his preseason debut. That, along with a strong camp from Nelson Agholor, also played a big role in Matthews’s expendability.