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Seahawks signs WR out of CFL

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Feb. 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm with 30 Comments »
February 18, 2014 2:22 pm

The Seahawks have signed wide receiver Chris Matthews to a 2014 future contract, the team announced today.

Matthews spent the past two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Canadian Football League, recording 95 receptions for 1,330 yards and eight touchdowns during his time there. He was named the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie Award winner following the 2012 season.

Matthews played at the University of Kentucky from 2009-2010 before being signed by the Cleveland Browns on July 30, 2011, but was released Sept. 3, 2011.

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  1. Camp Fodder.

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    So you’re telling us he averaged 47.5 receptions and 665 yards per season in the CFL?…Overwhelming for sure(satire font) ….I think they have an 18 week season not counting playoffs so… 2.6 catches a game and 36.9 yards per game. JS must see something in him….

  3. montanamike2 says:

    I think his stats are skewed, he was the CFL player of the year, has a huge body to target and CFL guys like Browner are hungry with a huge chip to prove they’re NFL caliber players. I don’t expect a Megatron, but wouldn’t be surprised to see this years Stephen Williams. He might be lacking in proper coaching, we’ll see.

  4. The kid was basically Rookie of the year, catching 81 passes for for
    1,192 yards and 7 TD’s. Last year he had multiple injuries and missed the final 9 games, catching only 14 balls.

    He’s another guy in the mold of Stephen Williams, almost identical in height/weight. Dont know how fast he is, but hopefully he’s smokin’ fast.

    Remember, Browner was a nobody when he showed up to camp too. Every once in awhile, it pays big dividends to look under rocks. Look at Baldwin, Mayowa, Smith, Bailey and Bowie, Micheal Bennett…

  5. Dukeshire says:

    There’s no such thing as “camp fodder” when camp is 5 months away.

  6. montanamike2 says:

    Hi STTBM, sorry about this weekend, i didn’t do that on purpose.

  7. Browner was a “nobody” who played in the NFL before the CFL. Stephen Williams is a good comparison. Let the chips fall where they may.

    Remember – everyone now knows that if you come in and play hard you will be given an opportunity to make plays. If you make plays you will get the chance to increase your time. That’s why guys want to come here.

    I still don’t get what a future contract is – how is it different than just signing the guy? Are all teams using them?

  8. Basically, a futures contract lets the team sign players before the league year starts without them counting against the cap or the 53-man limit. So, basically, though they are signed now these guys don’t “count” until the league year stars in March at which point the teams have a 90-man roster limit for camp and so on.

  9. Can these only be used on guys not currently in the league?

  10. Ray_Maines says:

    I only live in one city and follow one team, but the Seahawks just have to one of the most interesting franchises in the NFL. Who else signs misfit CFL players and sends them to the Pro Bowl? Go ‘Hawks! SB48 Champs.

  11. MontanaMike2–No worries on that one; crap happens. It gives me an excuse to head back to Bozeman soon so we can hoist a few! And I will take you up on that Fishing Expedition!

    Now if I can get back on track at work…I hate being in the doghouse!

  12. that’s a good link Georgia – – Bennett had a great year for us, outplayed his contract, so he’s due. Interesting that he had 224 fewer snaps this year than last year, not sure if it’s something his reps take into consideration, but for a guy at this point in his career to my mind it’s something that will extend his career. add to that, a great situation for a defender to play in (great all-around defense, winning team for the next several years, great homefield advantage to the D), and there are reasons why staying w/the hawks is a good move.

    of course, maybe i’m just being an optimist . . .

  13. Good night gentlemen the combine starts in 12 hours.

  14. Southendzone says:

    This is about an in-depth article on Sherman’s season as you’ll find anywhere.

  15. freedom_X says:

    Chris Matthews pre-draft 40 times were in the 4.6-4.7 range. Long strides can be effective deep after they have time to build up their speed, but it’s safe to say Matthews will not make Seahawk fans forget Joey Galloway (or for the oldies, Daryl Turner.)

    In that KJR 950 Alex Brink interview, Brink thought that Matthews still needed work beating press coverage, especially against players close to his own size. He also compared him to Mike Williams (USC) who was in their preseason camp, and felt Matthews was in another class athletically (but of course this is the current edition of Mike Williams, who probably has lost a lot since his Seattle days.)

    Brink felt though that Matthews could win out on any contested ball thrown to him. I think he said that was the strongest part of Matthews’ game (that and the fact Matthews has a tremendous work ethic.)

  16. montanamike2 says:

    A bigger Harper, i think the way this team coaches people up that he has a lot of potential. BMW had size and good hands without separation, but he ate himself out of the league twice. Mathews is only 24 and hasn’t got BMW’s appetite, he could have a role as a possession receiver who can block. Love how we’re already turning over rocks looking for ” unique gems”. This does put less pressure on the draft and more insurance for a Rice departure, i like Kearse a lot who went undrafted like Baldwin, but 6-5 is hard to teach. It also might accommodate us in the draft where a big WR drops because other teams don’t think we have that need, maybe not. I like basketball players that can go up and snatch the ball. He’ll have to get better playing against our defense.

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Finally a QB ranking for the 2013 season that I mostly agree with.

    This one might make the Yankster happy.

  18. Bummer he’s not a scorcher, but to put 40 times into perspective, Jerry Rice ran a 4.7 40 before his rookie year. Mike Williams was certainly slower, but he still got the job done until he became REALLY slow.

    MontanaMike2–Love your observation that if he has trouble beating press coverage, there’s no better team to help him with that weakness than Seattle, the Kings of Press Coverage. If he goes up against our Legion of Boom every day, he’s bound to improve dramatically. We’ll see if its enough to make the team.

  19. Georgia–Interesting article comparing Tate to Harvin. While Tate hasnt turned out to be as explosive, he’s made some remarkable plays, and has one key thing Harvin lacks; Durability. Thats worth a lot in my book.

    Funny that Jonathan Dwyer was so highly regarded by that writer. He expected him to go in the first round. Dude was too slow or something…Didnt he get picked up by the Stealers?

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    STTBM- Agree, durability means a whole lot, and that’s why I mostly think Tate will be back.

    Cool link-

  21. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk,, lol,, yeah, I mostly agree with that QB ranking…. but I would definitely put Nick Foles in the top 10…. :)

  22. MoSeahawk12 says:

    Here’s a video that’s painful to watch. Fast forward to about the five minute mark to see Kraper introduce the Superbowl champs. That part is worth it of course.

  23. Georgia or Yanking –
    I can’t get the top 5 QB’s on that bleacher report. Can you tell me the top 5? I believe the best remaining QB’s are (not in any particular order, just the best ones l didn’t see listed):
    Rodgers, Brady, Wilson, P. Manning, Rivers.


  24. SandpointHawk says:

    I think it was… 5) Brady 4) Rodgers 3) Wilson 2) Rivers 1 ) Manning

    I’m not wading through again to verify but that’s my recollection….

  25. That top QB list is annoying. I hate how so many websites are doing that now. They do not let you see the entire list, you have to click through a “slideshow”. That way, they make you click 65 times, and they can charge more for ads because they get 65 clicks instead of 1, for each person that goes there.

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