Pete Carroll’s unrequited passion for big wide receivers, which didn’t keep the Seahawks from the NFL championship, was sated a bit Tuesday when Seattle signed 6-foot-5, 218-pound wide receiver Chris Matthews, 24, from Winnipeg of the Canadian Football League to a future contract.
A graduate of Dorsey High in Los Angeles, the CFL’s rookie of the year in 2012 was signed as an undrafted free agent by Cleveland on July 30, 2011, but was cut a month later, and signed with the Blue Bombers the next season.
After two years at Harbor College in LA, he played 2009 and 2010 the University of Kentucky, where in his senior year he had 61 receptions for 925 yards and nine touchdowns.
He worked out for a dozen NFL teams before signing with Seattle.
His first-year totals with the Blue Bombers were 81 catches for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns. But he missed with injuries 13 games in his second year, catching 14 passes for 138 yards and one touchdown.
His agent, Rodney Edwards, told the Winnipeg Sun he thought Matthews was destined to be a slot receiver, since he wasn’t quick enough for the outside positions and was too small to be a tight end.