Patriots sign former Bills wide receiver Jordan Matthews to one-year deal
Jordan Matthews is the latest former Bill to wind up in New England. Time will tell if he'll be as successful as Chris Hogan, or go the way of Mike Gilislee.
The now former Bills wide receiver signed a one-year deal with the New England Patriots on Thursday, making him the latest in a growing list of former Bills to join their AFC East rival.
After compiling 225 catches over the first three years of his NFL career in Philadelphia, the Bills traded for Matthews during training camp last season, hoping he could help replace the production of Sammy Watkins, who they just about simultaneously traded to the L.A. Rams. But Matthews was uncharacteristically plagued by injuries in Buffalo and managed just 25 catches and one touchdown in ten games with the Bills.
The Patriots have made a recent habit of signing ex-Bills, with varying degrees of success. Two years ago, New England signed Chris Hogan to a deal. He led the league in yards per catch in 2016 and starred in the playoffs, helping the Patriots to a Super Bowl Championship. Last year, they signed both cornerback Stephon Gilmore and running back Mike Gilislee. Gilmore had a slow start, but was everything the Pats hoped he would be by years' end. Gilislee was the opposite, scoring three touchdowns in his first game with the team, but playing his way to healthy inactive by the end of the season.