Titans sign Rishard Matthews to one-year contract extension

Erik Bacharach
The Tennessean
Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews has been on the physically unable to perform list all of training camp.

The Titans signed wide receiver Rishard Matthews to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday morning. 

The deal, a team option, was reported to have a base value of $7.75 million for the 2019 season, according to ESPN, and includes new money of close to $11 million in roster bonuses, incentives and performance escalators between this year and next.

NFL Network reported that Matthews negotiated the extension without the use of an agent and that the deal included no guaranteed money. 

"I think that you want to try to keep the core of your guys around the most that you can," Titans coach Mike Vrabel said.

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Matthews, 28, signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Titans in 2016 before the former Dolphins seventh-round pick emerged as one of Marcus Mariota's favorite targets.

He was put on the physically unable to perform list with an undisclosed injury last month and did not practice in training camp. He was seen running routes smoothly and making cuts without any trouble while working with quarterbacks coach Pat O'Hara before practice on Aug. 2.

"I think that we feel good about his work and where he’s at," Vrabel said. "Obviously he’s put a lot of time in to try to get himself ready for the season and so hopefully we can see him back shortly, when he’s ready.

Vrabel added that he expects there to be a transition period for Matthews upon his return.

"You’ve got to get in football shape, put pads on and stuff like that," he said. "With the rules, he can’t wear pads or a helmet right now when he’s on PUP. So just trying to work him back in with the trainers. I think he has been very professional with the walkthroughs and the meetings. Watching behind the huddle, getting the call, try to take a mental rep the best that he can and stay away from things. It’s a process but I think he’s taken it in stride and he’s been a real pro."



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Matthews has 118 catches (on 195 targets) for 1,740 yard and 13 touchdowns over two seasons since joining the Titans in 2016. Mariota called him "Mr. Reliable and Mr. Consistent."

"It’s exciting. He’s done so much for us. I’m happy for him," Mariota said. "He brings another thing to the table, and that’s all that you can really ask for in an offense."