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Seahawks sign Chris Matthews, former CFL Rookie of the Year

The Seahawks signed former CFL wide receiver Chris Matthews to a 2014 future contract on Tuesday.

While Matthews name isn’t a big one, he could be a big steal for Seattle.

At 6-foot-5, 225 pounds he is the largest wideout on the Seahawks roster and while he isn’t incredibly fast, he has good hands and is tough to bring down.

In 2012, Matthews was named the CFL Rookie of the Year after catching 81 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns as a member of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Last season was a tough one, however. Matthews battled multiple injuries and ended up only catching 14 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown while missing 13 games.

The Matthews signing is another indication that the Seahawks are planning on parting ways with veteran Sidney Rice. Letting Rice go would free up more than $7 million in salary cap space.

Signing Matthews also means that the focus of the Seahawks  in the upcoming NFL draft might turn in slight favor towards an offensive lineman.

Many have predicted that the Seahawks need improvement at the wideout and line positions, but signing Matthews may give Seattle more incentive to draft a guard or tackle with the No. 32 pick.

Matthews could be an impact player as a big red-zone target for Russell Wilson next season. He will have to prove himself this summer, however, and has his work cut out for him in competition with some tough receivers already in Seattle.

The Seahawks currently have Percy Harvin, Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette and Bryan Walters on their active roster.

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  • Ron Grummer

    If we just look at the wideout position, its too early to hope to get any wiggle room from Harvin, but cutting Rice alone will just about allow the Hawks to keep everyone else on the active WR roster including Matthews (provided he works out and catches on). This year’s draft is deep in Receiving talent, would be a good year to look for some gems in the rough in late rounds and UDFA. As for Olinemen, I’m not certain that we need high-round/high pick linemen. With Carol and Cable it isn’t as important to get “ready to play” linemen as it is to get long, fast, physical linemen who are smart enough and physically gifted enough to be trained into the multitasking plug and play roles that are the bread and butter of Seattle oline play.I think we have Seattle’s starting line and major backups already on the team, though I’m not at all against releasing some of the veterans who may be peaking a bit low (while costing too much) and bringing in some talent to train and using them as rotation until they are ready for prime-time.
    First Seattle draft in a long time where I am truly ready to fully support a “best available athlete” mantra for John and Pete. Let’s build future depth and if need presents itself lets look more to free agency to pick up single year contract fixes for those needs.