It would appear that there is still some unrest at the wide receiver position that needs to be addressed. Per the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley, wide receiver Rishard Matthews wants to either be traded or just outright cut.
Matthews, a fourth-year player out of Nevada, has been rumored to want out of Miami on previous occasions as well, but either he or his agent Steve Caric has always come out soon after and denied any such report. Caric instead declined to comment on the matter this time.
Matthews is known as a tough wide receiver who can make plays when given the opportunity, but he's always been buried on the depth chart for one reason or another. In his limited playing time, he's accumulated 64 receptions for 734 yards and 4 touchdowns. It appeared he was finally going to get his shot at extended playing time this year, but with the Dolphins trading for Kenny Stills, signing Greg Jennings and drafting Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker in the first round, that quickly changed.
Matthews has stopped attending the team's voluntary workouts, according to Beasley, as a way of boycotting the fact that he's projected to be the team's fifth receiver all over again. He wants opportunities to play, and not just on special teams. Of course, the fact that he and coach Philbin have not exactly been on good terms for a while now may also have something to do with it.
The disgruntled receiver also took to Twitter recently, basically saying that when people say they want to do right by you, it's all just talk in the end. Speculation is running rampant that Matthews is referring to the fact that instead of the Dolphins giving him a chance to prove himself to be worthy of a higher spot on the depth chart, they instead went out and brought in help from the outside.
Matthews is a very good receiver, but he's been buried on the depth chart for a long time and he appears to be fed up with being the team's apparent last choice. If he continues the boycott and skips the team's mandatory mini-camp, he will be fined and it will be abundantly clear that Matthews wants to be somewhere where he can get significant playing time.
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater