Jordan Matthews became the latest former Buffalo Bills skill position player to join the New England Patriots when it was reported last week that the wide receiver came to terms on a one year deal. Thanks to Albert Breer, the details of his new deal with the Patriots have emerged.
Per Breer, Matthews’ contract was for $1 million. The deal reportedly adds $700,000 in incentives. On the surface the $1.7 million deal looks like quite the bargain. The deal gets even better for the Patriots when we dive even deeper. The report also indicated that only $170,000 of the contract is guaranteed.
From our review of Matthews, there was plenty to like from the receiver out of the slot role, a position New England has typically leaned heavily on utilizing. For the Bills, Matthews would have been all but guaranteed playing time as a starter with the current receiver group in Buffalo needing an infusion of talent. The bargain price on Matthews makes his departure sting just a little bit more.