The Philadelphia Eagles need to replace DeSean Jackson. They’ll do it in part with a second-round draft pick who officially is under contract.
The Eagles have announced that Matthews has signed the perfunctory four-year deal.
The former Vanderbilt product, who measures six-feet, three inches and weighs 212 pounds, gives coach Chip Kelly the large receiver he coveted. Whether Matthews gives Kelly the production he wants is another issue entirely.
Jackson produced, with a career high in 2013. The expectations for Matthews are much lower, for now.
The depth chart will be led in 2014 by Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper. With Maclin signing a one-year deal, rapid development from Matthews could make it harder for the Eagles to justify paying Maclin the kind of money he wants.
Meanwhile, Matthews needs a good nickname. Based on his hat, how about “Bar Code”?