Rishard Matthews announces his retirement

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The Saints released wide receiver Rishard Matthews after he left training camp over the weekend and it doesn’t look like Matthews will be looking to catch on elsewhere.

In a post to his Instagram account, Matthews wrote that he was walking away from the game.

“It was cool being a professional football player and getting to play a kids game for work,” Matthews wrote. “I will always be a fan of the best sport in the world but for me that kids game no longer exist [sic].”

Matthews was a Dolphins seventh-round pick in 2012 and spent four years with Miami before moving on for two-plus years with the Titans. He was released early last season and caught on with the Jets for the final regular season work of his career.

Matthews caught 230 passes for 3,160 yards and 21 touchdowns.

12 responses to “Rishard Matthews announces his retirement

  1. He’s been in crappy passing systems essentially his entire career. I don’t think anyone’s really emotionally invested him but he’s always been a reliable talent.

  2. Good for him. Knew when to hang up the boots and move on to bigger and better things. 29 years old, whole life ahead of him. Has earned to live comfortably and pursue other things. Not exactly a bad place to be.

  3. theguiceisright says:
    August 12, 2019 at 12:58 pm
    He’s been in crappy passing systems essentially his entire career. I don’t think anyone’s really emotionally invested him but he’s always been a reliable talent.
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    I don’t know that abandoning camp is really the definition of reliable…

  4. He’s been in crappy passing systems essentially his entire career. I don’t think anyone’s really emotionally invested him but he’s always been a reliable talent.
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    Then why walk away from Drew Brees? Silly point.

  5. Clearly, he thought more of himself following 3 decent seasons (2015-2017). He probably felt that he was more of an elite talent, yet teams kept making him earn his way onto the team. I was hoping he would be a decent slot WR for the Saints this year, but oh well.

  6. If you read his entire post and then hear what coach Payton had to say it sounds like this guy didn’t want to put in the work and is looking to blame others for his not succeeding. Payton is quoted as saying it’s not for everyone when asked about Mathews retirement

  7. This guy had real potential for my Titans but after he abandoned his team last year I didnt think another team would give him a shot.Talent only takes you so far right. Saints should have known better.

  8. While he was a 7th rnd pick of Miami. To say he wasn’t on a good team when he had the chance to catch passes from 2 HOF QB’s in Brady & Brees yet couldn’t make it out of camp? Do not say he was not in a “pass friendly” system.

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