NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Titans normal supervisor Jon Robinson mentioned Thursday that the crew has granted Rishard Matthews’ request by releasing the broad receiver.
“We admire what he is accomplished for the crew over the past couple of years,” Robinson mentioned. “He reached out to me on Monday and requested to be launched or traded.”
The Titans tried to commerce Matthews, however Robinson mentioned the market was not there in order that they determined to launch him. Regardless of Robinson’s perception that Matthews was working his method again towards a key position on the offense, the veteran wideout felt like he wanted to maneuver on. In line with Robinson, Matthews reached the purpose of no return on Monday.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota is beginning this weekend in opposition to the Eagles, irrespective of how restricted his injured proper hand is likely to be.
Matthews was Marcus Mariota’s prime remaining choice after tight finish Delanie Walker suffered a dislocated ankle within the season opener in opposition to the Miami Dolphins. Robinson refused to disclose any monetary ramifications of the transfer, saying it was a confidential matter.
Matthews caught 118 passes for 1,740 yards and 13 touchdowns over the previous two seasons. Earlier than his launch, Matthews posted solely three receptions for 11 yards via three video games this season. Releasing Matthews means the remaining group of younger wideouts led by Corey Davis must play a much bigger position.
“Guys are going to need to proceed to make performs whether or not it is Taywan [Taylor], or Corey [Davis] or Darius [Jennings] or Tajae [Sharpe]. These guys are going to need to step up,” Robinson mentioned.
Tennessee’s roster sits at 52 gamers, which is one in need of the 53-man roster restrict. Robinson mentioned they’re going via some choices so far as including a veteran participant. The Titans do not intend to make a transfer this late within the week, though that might change. Head coach Mike Vrabel and Robinson will proceed to debate as they prepare for his or her matchup in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Matthews’ former teammates do not appear to really feel that he stop on the crew. Taylor referred to as Matthews his brother and mentioned he needs him one of the best.
“I’m not too certain what the state of affairs is. I can not go into too many particulars as a result of I do not know,” Sharpe added. “He is undoubtedly one of many leaders on this offense. He made lots of performs for us and we’re going to miss him, however we will not look again. We have now to get rolling. Everyone within the receiver room has to step it up collectively.”