Rishard Matthews didn’t make it long in New Orleans.
The Saints on Saturday released the wide receiver with a left squad designation after he opted to leave training camp just one day after playing in New Orleans’ first preseason game.
While Saints coach Sean Payton didn’t provide a reason for Matthews’ departure, he did specify that it was the veteran’s decision.
“It’s not for everyone at this point,” Payton said, per NOLA.com. “We’ll look this week to bring a few different players in. Different positions, really, for workouts, which isn’t all that uncommon.”
Matthews, 29, signed with the Saints in June after a tryout at mandatory minicamp. He initially was drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2012 draft and joined the Titans in 2016, where he led the team in receiving yards that season (945) and the next in 2017 (795). He also ranked second with Tennessee in catches in 2016 (65) and third in 2017 (53).
However, he requested his release from the Titans in September and signed with the Jets the following month, but ended last season on injured reserve.
Matthews caught one pass for seven yards in Friday’s preseason opener against the Vikings, where the Saints lost, 34-25.