Signing CFL receiver Chris Matthews on Tuesday is another indication veteran receiver Sidney Rice will not return for the Seahawks, not that it will surprise anyone.
But Matthews could be one of those seemingly out-of-nowhere finds by Seattle GM John Schneider that ends up blossoming into a quality NFL player.
At 6-5, 225, Matthews has the size the Seahawks are looking for to add to its receiving corps. Matthews played the last two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, where he was the CFL Rookie of the Year in 2012.
Matthews caught 81 passes that season for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns, but he spent most of the 2013 season with nagging injuries and didn’t play much.
Matthews, 24, is from Long Beach, Calif. and spent two seasons and Los Angeles Harbor Junior College before playing his final two college years at Kentucky. He caught 93 passes for 1,279 yards and 12 TDs for the Wildcats against the tough SEC competition.
Matthews isn’t the fastest guy around, but he’s known for making the tough catch in traffic and playing physical.
If Rice is released as expected, it will free up more than $7 million in salary cap space for the Seahawks.
Seattle is likely to draft a big receiver sometime in the first two or three rounds of the May NFL draft, but Matthews could become the next surprising find by the Seahawks staff.