Rishard Matthews, the Titans’ leader in receiving yards the past couple of seasons, has asked for his release.
AtoZSportsNashville.com reported the wide receiver sent them a text outlining his request: “EVERYTHING IS GOOD! JUST WASN’T HAPPY WITH WHAT WAS GOING ON BARELY GETTING ANY PLAYING TIME. IT WAS TIME TO MOVE ON.”
Matthews told the website the two sides have reached an agreement. Coach Mike Vrabel said Matthews was absent from the team’s practice facility Wednesday for personal reasons.
To further his point that he’s done with the Titans, Matthews later posted an Instagram photo of his family, saying in part, “Daddy’s home for good. That is unless someone Calls him to get off the couch.”
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When Daddy’s home for good. That is unless someone Calls him to get off the couch ??♂️? #MyTeam #MySonNeedsACut
It’s easy to understand why Matthews is discouraged. He led the team in receiving yards in both 2016 (945) and 2017 (795). Second on the Titans in 2016 with 65 catches and third last year (53 catches), he’s been an afterthought this season, with only three catches (on six targets) for 11 yards.
The 28-year-old wide receiver told AtoZ Sports Nashville the team had used excuses about his health — he missed all of training camp with a knee injury — to deny him playing time.
“I’ve been the leading receiver for two years,” Matthews said. “Then all of a sudden I’m barely playing and not even starting. Using my injury as the scapegoat. Look at number of snaps and targets.”
Last month, Matthews signed a one-year extension worth $7.75 million with the Titans, money he obviously won’t collect if he’s home on the couch.