Matthews will be a restricted free agent once the league year ends, Spotrac reports. Matthews spent all of 2016 on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.. He had been looked at as a possible No. 3 or No. 4 option at receiver for the Ravens and the team could look to bring him back in 2017.
Matthews returned to practice Monday after missing over two weeks with a soft tissue injury, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports. Matthews, who was being looked at as a potential No. 3 or 4 wide receiver for Baltimore this season, limped to the locker room just over two weeks ago with an apparent leg injury. With still about three weeks before the start of the regular season, Matthews will have the opportunity to prove his worth as part of the team's receiving corps, provided he stays healthy.
Matthews was forced out of practice early on Saturday for an undisclosed reason, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports. Matthews limped back to the locker room, but it is unclear what he injured. Four of Baltimore's 12 receivers were already being held out of practice, so the Ravens are getting a little slim in that department. Expect an update on Matthews status when more information becomes available.
Matthews has signed with the Ravens. Matthews' deal is for one year and $600,000. The Ravens picked up Matthews when he was cut by the Seahawks midseason. After joining the Ravens he played in four games, catching nine passes for 97 yards and a touchdown. He'll be buried on the depth chart in the upcoming campaign and will have to fight for any snaps he can get. His biggest impact will likely be on special teams, where he played in 11.7 percent of the team's snaps last season, despite only participating in four games.
Matthews caught one pass for 21 yards on two targets in Sunday's 35-6 loss to the Seahawks. The 6-5 Matthews caught a 21-yard pass in garbage time with one of his former teammates draped all over him. He didn't show any ability to get open, but with the Ravens trying to evaluate a number of young players, Matthews could get some more snaps in Week 15 against the Chiefs. He's merely the No. 4 or 5 wide receiver in a struggling offense.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3 Year Avg||12||6||76||0||4||12.67||7|