The numbers are in for the Patriots’ one-year deal with free-agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews, thanks to Albert Breer of The MMQB on Twitter.
As Breer noted, the deal is for up to $1 million and another $700,000 in incentives. But the key is that only $170,000 of the deal is guaranteed.
It appears to be similar to the contract that the Pats gave Jeremy Hill. The former Bengals running back is guaranteed just a $150,000 signing bonus on his own one-year deal, which includes a $1 million salary and $300,000 in per-game roster bonuses. Matthews is ostensibly looking at a similar setup.
Matthews looks to be in the same spot as Hill. Neither are close to guaranteed roster spots for the 2018 Patriots – especially Matthews, who finds himself needing to earn a role in a still-crowded Patriots receiver corps. He’ll enter 2018 training camp competing for snaps with the likes of Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, and Malcolm Mitchell.
But if the 25-year-old Matthews can stay healthy and play to his full potential, his upside could be greater than the others.
— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
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