By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
One day after asking for his release, the Tennessee Titans granted his wish. Wide receiver Rishard Matthews is now a free agent.
On August 21st, he signed a one-year extension through the 2019 season. The base salary for 2019 was scheduled to be $7.75 million. However, there was no guaranteed money in the deal.
Matthews actually negotiated his contract with the one-year extension himself. He was scheduled to be a free agent 2020 before his release on Thursday.
He had an $8.3 million cap hit this season. He was due to have a $5 million base salary with an $833,334 signing bonus, while also received an $875,000 roster bonus. His contract also included “option” for $1.625 million.
The 28-year-old San Diego, California native has been away from the team in recent days. He was dealing with personal reasons, as the team called it.
He had just one reception for three yards in the Titans 9-6 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 3. He had just two receptions for eight yards in their Week 2 20-17 win over the Houston Texans.
Matthews did not have any receptions in the Titans 27-20 loss to the Miami Dolphins in the season-opener. He did return a punt for 18-yards.
He has spent the past three seasons with the Titans. He appeared in 33 appearances for the Nashville, Tennessee franchise, including 21 starts. He had 121 receptions for 1,751 with 13 touchdowns. He also had a carry for -3 yards.
He spent the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. With the Dolphins, he appeared in 49 games, including 17 starts. He had 107 receptions for 1,396 yards and eight touchdowns. He also had two carries for seven yards.
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