Tennessee Titans wide receiver Rishard Matthews, by all indications, has departed the team in some regard.
UPDATE: Rishard Matthews has informed A to Z Sports that he has indeed left the Tennessee Titans. Find out why here.
Matthews missed Wednesday’s practice, the first of the week, due to “personal reasons.” Shortly after, he posted this picture and highly-ambiguous caption to his Instagram profile.
His use of the phrase “Daddy’s home for good” implies that he does not plan on rejoining the Titans, or any other NFL team for that matter, anytime soon.
What’s confusing is him saying “unless someone calls him to get off the couch.” That implies that the Titans were the ones who forced him to be “on the couch,” which just doesn’t seem right.
Paul Kuharsky of PaulKuharsky.com reported earlier on Wednesday that the nature of Matthews’ Instagram post was indeed regarding a departure of some kind from the Titans. Kuharsky indicates that Matthews’ post “is an accurate indicator that it ‘looks like’ he’s finished in Tennessee.”
To call the 2018 season a strange one for Matthews would be an understatement. He missed the entirety of Training Camp and preseason with an undisclosed injury, later revealed to be knee-related.
Despite this, the Titans had enough faith in Matthews to give him a contract extension. The extension was for one extra year that would give him $7.75 million.
One of Matthews’ strengths during his tenure with the Titans was his chemistry with quarterback Marcus Mariota. Matthews told A to Z Sports in August, “I’m a guy where I try to be in those spots to show the QB, give them faith and confidence to come my way…I’m glad we’ve been able to click, and I think it’s just going to get better and better.”
If the indications of Wednesday afternoon and evening are accurate, it doesn’t look like Matthews will be following through on his prediction.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel will address the media at 2:00 on Thursday afternoon. That should provide some clearer context.