Rishard Matthews Retires from the NFL after Being Released by Saints

Rishard Matthews. Photo by Romeo Guzman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews isn’t getting back on the market after being released by New Orleans Saints over the weekend. Instead, Matthews decided to end his career and retire from NFL at the age of 29.

Matthews announced his decision via a social media post titled “No Longer Exist.”

“It was cool being a professional football player and getting to play a kid’s game for work,” – Matthews wrote on Instagram. “I will always be a fan of the best sport in the world but for me, that kid’s game no longer exist[s].”

Matthews was released by Saints on Saturday, just one day after being featured in team’s first preseason game. Reportedly, New Orleans opted to part ways with him after he decided to leave the training camp.

Entering the league as a seven-round draft pick in 2012, Rishard Matthews spent the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins. After solid performances in Miami, Matthews signed a three-year deal with Tennessee Titans in 2016 and immediately had a breakthrough season, contributing with 65 receptions for 945 yards and nine touchdowns.

In 2018, Matthews decided to ask for a release from Titans, citing lack of minutes as the reason. Tennessee obliged and he ended up signing with New York Jets, where he played five games before landing on injured reserve.

Matthews leaves the league with 230 career receptions for 3,160 yards and 21 TDs.