He’s been traded once and released three times and now one-time Eagles second-round pick Jordan Matthews has another chance to play football.
Which could mean an extra draft pick for the Eagles.
The 49ers re-signed Matthews on Thursday to replace injured receiver Jalen Hurt, their rookie third-round pick.
Since Matthews finished last year with the Eagles — his second stint here — and entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, he counts toward the Eagles’ net gain-loss when it comes to compensatory picks.
The Eagles also lost Golden Tate, Nick Foles and Jordan Hicks as unrestricted free agents and added Andrew Sendejo and L.J. Fort. They’ve since released Fort, who no longer counts as a net gain.
Foles, who signed with the Jaguars, is expected to bring the Eagles a third-round pick, and Hicks is worth a fourth-round pick, according to draft analytics web site OverTheCap.com.
If Matthews stays with the 49ers for at least 10 weeks, then he cancels out Sendejo and the Eagles would then receive compensation for losing Tate in the form of a 2020 fifth-round pick, according to OverTheCap.
If the 49ers release Matthews before he's been on the roster for 10 weeks, the Eagles no longer receive that compensation.
Matthews caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first three years with the Eagles, the 12th-most catches in NFL history by any player in his first three seasons.
But the Eagles traded him to the Bills in the Ronald Darby deal after the 2016 season, and he has just 45 receptions since. He’s bounced from the Bills to the Patriots to the Eagles to the 49ers and now back to the 49ers.
And Eagles fans should hope he stays with the 49ers.
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