NFL Rumors: Patriots Signing Free-Agent Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews


April 5, 2018

Wide receiver Jordan Matthews reportedly will become the latest former Buffalo Bill to join the New England Patriots.

The Patriots are signing Matthews to a one-year deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Thursday.

Matthews came to Gillette Stadium on a free-agent visit earlier this week.

The 25-year-old was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt and caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards with 19 touchdowns in three seasons before being traded to the Buffalo Bills last summer. Matthews caught just 25 passes for 282 yards with one touchdown in 10 games last season, so they’re likely buying low on the former starter.

Matthews joins Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Matthew Slater, Riley McCarron and Cody Hollister on the Patriots’ wide receiver depth chart. He’ll compete for the No. 3 role behind Edelman and Hogan.

The Patriots traded receiver Brandin Cooks to the Los Angeles Rams this week.

Matthews could replace Danny Amendola as the Patriots’ slot receiver while Edelman and Hogan work outside.

Hogan, running back Mike Gillislee and cornerback Stephon Gilmore also are ex-Bills.

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