So I went back and looked at every game of his career to see if that was true.
Before I reveal what I found, it’s only fair to point out that there’s a good deal of subjectivity in defining garbage time (click here to see my method).
Think about it this way: the Eagles swapped thirds with the Ravens to get Jernigan.
Getting a pick straight up for Matthews would be very good value.
Of course, stats don’t always tell the whole story. As I’ve stated numerous times before, Matthews’ stats are inflated. Kelly was arguably the most fantasy football friendly head coach in the NFL during his tenure with the Eagles.
His fast-paced offense made it so that Philadelphia often ran a lot more offensive plays than other teams.
An anecdotal observation of mine has been that Matthews seems to really excel in garbage time.If they’re not going to keep him around for the long-term anyway, they might as well get value for him. It’s just that this is not the kind of guy worth prioritizing when there’s only so much money to go around.Now, I’m not saying Philadelphia should just trade him away from anything. There’s a very good chance the 2017 season is Matthews’ last in Philadelphia ... If they did, they would have already extended him by now, just like they did with a bunch of core players last offseason (Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Vinny Curry, Malcolm Jenkins, etc.) There’s been no indication at any point that the Eagles have had negotiations with their starting slot wide receiver.
And this is exactly why trading Matthews makes sense for the Eagles. I felt the need to tell you that because I’m anticipating a lot of criticism and negative response on this post. And I think there’s a strong case to be made Matthews, who is set to be a free agent after this season, will not be worth the money he commands. If/when Matthews and his agent approach the Eagles in contract negotiations, there’s little doubt Matthews’ numbers will be brought to the table.