Miami Dolphins trying to re-sign Rishard Matthews

By Alex Butler  |  Updated Feb. 20, 2016 at 1:54 PM
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DAVIE, Fla., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- While Rishard Matthews has been viewed as the "odd-man out," there is still a chance that he re-signs with the Miami Dolphins, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Beasley wrote about the Dolphins' interest in re-signing the 26-year-old Friday.

"Rishard Matthews is going to get paid by somebody this spring, and maybe it will be the Dolphins," Beasley wrote.

"In a bit of a stunner, the Dolphins have contacted Matthews, a pending free agent, about a new deal that would keep him in town, the Miami Herald has learned."

Matthews' contract expires March 9, when he could opt to suit up elsewhere. Since being selected by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Matthews has 107 receptions for 1,396 yards and eight career scores.

Matthews started 11 of the 11 games he was active for this season, catching 43 balls for 662 yards and four touchdowns, his best numbers as a pro. He was put on injured reserve in January after a rib injury.

Earlier this month, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reported that Matthews "seems like a goner."

Matthews made $673,403 last season, but projects him to be worth a 4-year, $17 million to $18 million deal.

"I mean, I'm not worried about that right now," Matthews told ESPN last month. "I'm starting my training [Tuesday]. I'm going to train my [expletive] off this offseason and just come prepared for next year wherever it is."

Pro Football Focus ranks Matthews as its No. 67 of 75 top free agents of 2016.

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