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Eagles may be turning to Jordan Matthews for the 3rd time

Eagles may be turning to Jordan Matthews for the 3rd time

With the Eagles’ wide receiving corps in shambles, Jordan Matthews is back in town to take a physical, a source confirmed Tuesday.

PhillyVoice's Jimmy Kempski first reported the news, which comes one day after Doug Pederson conceded the Eagles would have to consider signing somebody. The 27-year-old Matthews, the Eagles' second-round pick in 2014, was the most obvious candidate.

The Eagles on Tuesday waived safety Andrew Sendejo, which would free up a roster spot for Matthews.

Matthews has been out of the league since the 49ers released him. He has 270 career receptions for 3,255 yards and 22 touchdowns, most of it with the Eagles from 2014 through 2016.

The Eagles shipped Matthews to Buffalo during the summer of 2017 as part of the deal that brought Ronald Darby to Philadelphia, but he caught only 25 passes for 282 yards and one TD in 10 games before the Bills placed him on Injured Reserve and eventually released him.

From there, he had a brief stint with the Patriots during the 2018 offseason but was released early in training camp.

The Eagles re-signed Matthews on Sept. 19, 2018, and he caught 20 passes for 300 yards and two TDs plus a 37-yard touchdown in the Saints playoff game.

He had two stints with the 49ers this year but played in just one game without any receptions and has been out of football since he was released a second time on Oct. 26.

From 2014 through 2016, Matthews caught 225 passes for 2,673 yards and 19 TDs. That’s the 13th-most catches ever by a player in his first three seasons. He’s one of only six players in NFL history with at least 65 catches and 800 yards in each of his first three seasons. The others are Michael Thomas, Randy Moss, A.J. Green, Mike Evans and Odell Beckham.

The Eagles’ receiving corps has been a wreck since the opener, when DeSean Jackson had two 50-yard touchdowns in a win over the Redskins.

Alshon Jeffery has struggled badly, Nelson Agholor has been invisible, Mack Hollins doesn’t have a catch since September and JJ Arega-Whiteside can’t get on the field.

Eagles wide receivers don’t have a touchdown reception longer than six yards in the team’s last six games.

Since the NFL’s trade deadline came and went last Tuesday, the Eagles’ only chance to add a player at this time of the year was by signing someone from their practice squad or a player who is out of work.

Matthews ranks 21st in Eagles history with both 245 receptions and also with 2,973 yards. He's 19th with 21 TD catches.

Pederson in a rare admission acknowledged Monday that the current state of the team’s wide receivers made a change almost mandatory.

Asked whether the Eagles would consider a move, he said: “At this point, something we’ll take a look at. We’ve got to take a look at it. It’s real. We’re a little over a game after the halfway point of our season and we have time this week to make this decisions. We’ll take a look at it.”

The Eagles, 5-4, are off this Sunday and return with games against the Patriots and Seahawks.

A former Eagle gets a job, and it could mean a draft pick for Eagles

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A former Eagle gets a job, and it could mean a draft pick for Eagles

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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Report: Former Eagles WR Jordan Matthews signs with 49ers

Report: Former Eagles WR Jordan Matthews signs with 49ers

Free agent receiver Jordan Matthews, who rejoined the Eagles early last season after disappointing stints with the Bills and Patriots, has agreed to contract terms with the 49ers, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Any chance Matthews had to return to Philly ended when the Eagles acquired DeSean Jackson to join Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery. 

In San Francisco, Matthews becomes the oldest and by far most experienced wide receiver on the roster, although the 49ers do have some promising young wide outs to go with QB Jimmy Garoppolo. 

The 49ers’ top receiver is Marquise Goodwin, who had nearly 1,000 yards in 2017 before dropping off last year to less than 400 in 11 games. 

Dante Pettis caught 27 passes for 457 yards as a rookie last year, Trent Taylor has 69 receptions over the last two seasons, Kendrick Bourne had nearly 500 yards last year as a second-year player and Richie James is mainly a returner.

Steven Dunbar, who played one game last year as a rookie, and Jordan Smallwood are also on the roster.

Matthews’ career with the Eagles got off to a good start, with 225 catches for 2,673 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first three seasons. Only seven other players in NFL history have matched those numbers in their first three seasons — Michael Thomas, Odell Beckham, A.J. Green, DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Evans, Larry Fitzgerald and Randy Moss.

He went to Buffalo in the trade that brought Ronald Darby to the Eagles but was never healthy and only caught 25 passes in 10 games. The Patriots brought him in last summer, but he got hurt again and never suited up for them.

He rejoined the Eagles in late September and played well as a reserve wide out, catching 20 passes (on just 28 targets) for 300 yards and two touchdowns, plus a 37-yard TD in the postseason loss to the Saints.

Terms of the deal were unavailable, but Matthews is only 26 years old and has produced when he’s been healthy and been a starter.

Matthews’ mother is Jerry Rice’s cousin, so San Francisco is a fitting place for Matthews.

So far, the Eagles have cut ties with Matthews, Nick Foles, Jordan Hicks and Golden Tate, who left as free agents; Michael Bennett, who they traded to the Patriots; and Steven Wisniewski, whose option wasn't exercised.

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