Trading away Jordan Mathews could do more harm than good for the Philadelphia Eagles
There’s no question about the amount of productivity Jordan Matthews has brought to the Philadelphia Eagles since he was drafted in 2014.
A guy who’s basically been the Eagles No. 1 receiver the last few years – with 2,600 yards receiving and 19 TDS – but his days in midnight green could be numbered.
With Matthews is entering the final year of his rookie deal and not having begun much negotiation on a new deal with Philadelphia, the speculation about his future has been at a whirlwind.
The Eagles should reconsider trading away Mathews
Trade speculation surrounding the Eagles receiver has really ramped up thanks to what looks like a different Nelson Agholor through the spring and into camp.
Yes, Agholor has been solid so far. But can we all pump the brakes a little?
How quickly we forget how dreadful Agholor was on the field, and through the way he handled himself. How does he all of a sudden gain the trust of the coaching staff that’s he’s over all this stuff? That he can be more consistent catching the football and emerging as a go-to guy?
There’s barely any evidence to support that, and the numbers show it – in his first two seasons he’s totaled 648 career yards receiving, and only three touchdowns
Agholor needs to show he can be productive in the NFL before we consider trading away another receiver such as Mathews.
Obviously, it’s highly beneficial for the Eagles if Agholor, a 2015 first-round pick, becomes a top receiver.
Let’s not jump the gun here
Alshon Jeffrey’s only on a one-year deal. There’s no guarantee he’ll come back in 2018. There’s also a possibility Torrey Smith may not be back, having two one-year options after this season.
If that were to all happen and Matthews is traded – if you’re the Eagles, you’re back to square one with having no weapons for quarterback Carson Wentz.
Trading Matthews away at this point is definitely tempting. Though unless the Eagles receive an offer they can’t refuse – a cornerback upgrade/decent draft pick or two – they need to tread carefully.
Matt Catrillo is a Philadelphia Eagles Contributor for Pro Football Spot. You can follow him on Twitter @MCatrillo. For more coverage on the Eagles and the NFL from Matt, tune in to the Football Friday Podcast.