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Eagles agree to terms with Jordan Matthews

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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”?

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29 Responses to “Eagles agree to terms with Jordan Matthews”
  1. captainwisdom88 says: May 27, 2014 3:04 PM

    this guy has done nothing but produce throughout his collegiate career. with the vast array of weapons on phillys offense, i dont see why it wouldnt continue

  2. braceyourselffor12 says: May 27, 2014 3:05 PM

    Was rooting for this guy, hoping the Niners would grab him. He’s related to Jerry Rice and is known as a cerebral player.

    Philly got themselves a good receiver.

  3. cybersqueak says: May 27, 2014 3:06 PM

    Matthews will have better numbers in his rookie year than Jackson had last year. When all is said and done this kid will be by far the best player to come out of this draft and Djax will be forgotten soon by the fans in Philly.

  4. thefirstsmilergrogan says: May 27, 2014 3:07 PM

    Free Swag

  5. s0merand0mguy says: May 27, 2014 3:12 PM

    Jordan Barcode Matthews. He will put every DB in inventory and ring em up 1 by 1….. Nah… Bar code just won’t work….

  6. weepingjebus says: May 27, 2014 3:12 PM

    He already has the 1000-yard stare of an Eagles veteran. Should fit right in.

  7. justbust says: May 27, 2014 3:19 PM

    It’s a wr friendly offense with typical 3-4 wr sets that give receivers 1 on 1 match ups. Since the rules favor the receivers they can typically win the the matchup if athletic enough. Foles has the arm and oline to hit his guys. This vandy guy will def produce.

  8. fiyeaglesfiy says: May 27, 2014 3:26 PM

    Barring injury, I think they’ll bring him along slowly, but think there’s a reasonable chance that both Matthews and Huff are the Eagles starting wideouts by this time next year.

  9. drfeelyouup says: May 27, 2014 3:33 PM

    I have a nickname…….how about “Bust”.

  10. irishinyourface says: May 27, 2014 3:41 PM

    yeah, but is he a beast?

  11. barsfordays says: May 27, 2014 3:47 PM

    I think this kid will be good but lets not anoint him a savior and replacement of DeSean Jackson and not justify paying J-Mac. This guy hasnt play a single NFL down yet. Anything can happen.

  12. tennesseetitan78 says: May 27, 2014 4:11 PM

    This kid is a great WR, excellent hands, runs good routes, good work ethic, never got into any trouble while in college, and just goes out there on game days and produces!! …could be a beast in Philly. I watched this kid in college. He worked his butt off at Vanderbilt.

  13. tennesseetitan78 says: May 27, 2014 4:14 PM

    I remember one game he was dehydrated while playing for Vanderbilt and was throwing up on the field… To were he took one play off and came back in to finish the game.. Like I said good kid to have as a player..

  14. captainwisdom8888 says: May 27, 2014 4:28 PM

    Everything about this kid screams 1st-round talent. His speed is very underrated and everyone around him can attest to just how fierce of a competitor he is day-in and day-out. I expect him to burst onto the scene rather quickly and as the season progresses this may turn into a situation where the Eagles decide re-upping with Maclin makes less sense.

    *Josh Huff looks like the epitome of an NFL slot receiver, so I expect by the start of the 2015 season we will be looking at Cooper and Matthews starting and Huff manning the slot. Add the fact that a great duo of TEs and 2 of the best receiving RBs in the entire NFL will be adding to the continuous onslaught.

    Watch out NFL…Chip Kelly is coming. Scratch that…he’s here.

  15. chaseutley says: May 27, 2014 4:31 PM

    Jim Irsay already called dibs on the “Bar Code” nickname.

  16. bestbadteamaround says: May 27, 2014 4:31 PM

    How about we never call him Bar Code… ever.

  17. yb1956 says: May 27, 2014 4:36 PM

    Sarge Matthews. Kind of sounds familiar.

  18. frankfordyellowjackets says: May 27, 2014 4:55 PM

    At 6’3″ he’s twice as tall as Djax and just what the birds need.

  19. drohanimal says: May 27, 2014 5:09 PM

    Here’s a nickname…. Rookie Of The Year. #EaglesLombardiTrophy2014

  20. 1cowboyfanatic says: May 27, 2014 5:33 PM

    I don’t care who you put in there. Chip Kelly’s offense is like playing a video game. Foles will have another huge year.

  21. phillyphanatic77 says: May 27, 2014 5:54 PM

    It’s very plausible that with the additions of Sproles and Matthews, along with the development of Ertz, and the return of Maclin, that the Birds easily replace Jackson’s production. Throw in Huff, Cooper, Celek, and McCoy and this team may be as dangerous offensively as Denver. For me it all depends on whether Foles can replicate or even improve on his last season. As well as he played there was a ton of luck involved on some of his big throws. But I’m very pumped to see how the big targets like Matthews and Ertz make this team better. Here’s hoping the D can keep pace.

  22. 1logicalvoicesays says: May 27, 2014 7:09 PM

    I don’t think the offense is in doubt. If the defense can step up, this is going to be a very dangerous team. I’m sure not looking forward to my Redskins playing these guys 2x a year.

  23. kst2074 says: May 27, 2014 7:58 PM

    As a REDSKINS fan. I will take Jackson, thank you very much

  24. n0hopeleft says: May 27, 2014 9:26 PM

    Congrats Jordan. You just signed with an all time failing franchise. I hope money is all you care about, it better make up for January wins – cause you won’t see those in Philly.

  25. n0hopeleft says: May 27, 2014 9:29 PM

    Never fails. The Eagles fans every year – we’re so dangerous. Nooooo, you’re really not that dangerous. You won 10 games last year in our terrible division. You can’t just assume you’ll do that again…

  26. s0merand0mguy says: May 27, 2014 10:29 PM

    and kst2074, as an eagles fan that had Jaccson since pro day 1 you can have his lose 10-15 yards and score 1 touchdown every 20 times punt returns and his me first attitude, lack of work ethic, and uncommitted mind set as he fully admitted he wants to rap not play football. You can have him when he gives up early and gives up an offensive play call or decides he’s going to throw a hissy fit and hit somebody and cause a penalty. This guy is bad news all around. He may get a long touchdown pass on the eagles (if griffins arm can make the throw) but other then that he’s a one trick pony. Enjoy!

  27. bigbluenationdb says: May 27, 2014 11:28 PM

    Kid is a beast. I saw him play in person this past year against Ole Miss in the opener. He caught everything thrown his way and was doubled the entire game. He played with a below average QB his entire career at Vandy and still put up great numbers.

  28. drdoomtheoptimist says: May 29, 2014 1:51 PM

    DeSean Jackson is a punk. Matthews is a man. Well-spoken, intelligent, team-oriented, and driven to succeed. He studies the game and gets to the office to put in the work. He won’t be a distraction, he won’t be polarizing. The coaches will love him and he will make his teammates better. His numbers won’t need to be compared to Jackson’s. The receiving corps is better as a unit now than it was with D-Jax.

  29. 23rdusernameused says: Jun 5, 2014 8:57 AM

    looking fwd to seeing this guy light it up on Sundays/mondays/Thursdays/Saturdays…. lol

    Roger wants NFL 24×7! One day he’ll have it I bet!

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