According to Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson, the Eagles are open to trading receiver Jordan Matthews. In an offense that is already depleted, the move does not make a whole lot of sense. The main reason for Matthews’ possible departure all comes down to cap space. However, here are some reasons why the Vanderbilt product shouldn’t leave Philadelphia.
Matthews has been on the Eagles roster for three seasons since he was drafted in 2014. In that time frame, he has had several different quarterbacks throw to him. These include Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz. Matthews has developed chemistry (or has tried to) with every one of the previously mentioned quarterbacks and has been the No. 1 receiver for the team ever since Jeremy Maclin was released. He and Carson Wentz have already established a good connection this past season and this current offseason. A young combination, the Wentz to Matthews duo would be something to look forward to for the ages.
To pair along with the first point, Matthews is getting receptions whether he likes it or not. And his production hasn’t slowed down one bit. In his three year tenure, he has racked up 225 receptions, 2,673 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns. He is 11th all-time in receptions by a player in that first three-year period. Despite the criticism about him dropping passes, Matthews ranks 18th in catch percentage with 65% since 2014.
Trust the Process
Eagles General Manager Howie Roseman has set up the team for success by handling long-term deals made with a number of players that the team has acquired over the years. When the team finds talent, Roseman makes sure that talent is locked in to playing in Philadelphia for a good portion of time. Players like Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox and Zach Ertz have all been signed to long-term deals. The Eagles coaching staff should not overlook the talent that Matthews has shown on the field.