Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews is a free agent now that he has asked for and been given his release. The Buffalo Bills, with a very clear need at wide receiver, could look at the former Miami Dolphins wideout. Let’s look at the pros and cons.
Why the Bills would add Matthews
First, Matthews would be a clear upgrade to their receiver corps. He’s in his seventh year in the NFL and has played in 82 games, starting 38 (with 32 over the previous three seasons). He has more receptions (228), yards (3147), and touchdowns (21) than any receiver on the Bills roster. The Titans liked him so much, they handed him a $7.75 million extension for 2019 just over a month ago.
Why the Bills won’t add Matthews
According to Jason Wolf of The Buffalo News and formerly of The Tennesseean, Matthews does not have a great relationship with his former offensive coordinator, Terry Robiskie. Robiskie is the Bills’ wide receivers coach. (For clarity, Wolf had said earlier in the day that Robiskie was a reason they could add Matthews, so he must have received new information.)
For now, the Bills need receiver help and Matthews is one of just a few players on the market that could be of help.