Free agent receiver Chris Matthews has his eyes locked on the NFL, for now.
“The agent – they’re fully committed to the NFL at this point and that’s all we’re told,” Winnipeg Blue Bombers general manager Kyle Walters said.
The Calgary Stampeders released Matthews last December prior to CFL free agency in order to pursue NFL opportunities. Matthews signed with the Stamps in October making 12 receptions for 252 yards and one touchdown in four regular season games adding seven grabs for 98 yards in two playoff contests including Calgary’s Grey Cup championship victory. He added playmaking ability to a Stamps receiving core that had been hit with a number of injuries.
Matthews was the 2012 CFL Most Outstanding Rookie and the 29-year-old spent parts of 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons in Baltimore with the Ravens. That came after a season and a half with the Seattle Seahawks. Matthews played in six games in 2017 for the Ravens making three grabs for 25 yards.
He’s suited up in 22 NFL games and recorded 16 receptions for 176 yards and one touchdown. Most notably Matthews caught four passes for 109 yards and one touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX, Seattle’s 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots.
Matthews earned those NFL shots after a stellar CFL rookie season in 2012, snagging 81 balls for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns for the Bombers. After going unselected out of the University of Kentucky in 2011, the Cleveland Browns signed Matthews as an undrafted free agent, but he was released among the final training camp cuts.
Matthews stands six-foot-five and weighs 228 pounds a physical presence with speed 4.50 40-yard range. It’s clear the Bombers are keep tabs on Matthews and could try to sign him should an NFL deal fail to materialize.