Chris Matthews #8 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs for a touchdown after a reception during the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Commonwealth Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
by Curtis Crabtree
The Seattle Seahawks struck gold in 2011 in signing CB Brandon Browner to a future contract out of the Canadian Football League. Browner blossomed into a Pro Bowl player and consistent starter for Seattle over the last three seasons.
The team is trying their luck again at looking for talent up north as they've signed WR Chris Matthews to a future contract for the 2014 season.
Matthews played the last two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the CFL and won the league's Most Outstanding Rookie award in 2012.
After WR Sidney Rice was lost for the season to a knee injury in October, Seattle has been without a receiver with size. At 6-foot-5 and 227 pounds, Matthews presents a potential option as a bigger body in Seattle's offense.
Matthews signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Kentucky in 2011. He then signed on with the Blue Bombers and caught 81 passes for 1,192 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie. Matthews was held to just 14 catches for 138 yards and one touchdown last season while missing most of the season with a wide range of injuries.
Matthews is orignially from Los Angeles and played at Dorsey High School. Like Browner, who is from Sylmar, Calif., it's safe to assume head coach Pete Carroll has a past history with Matthews from his time as head coach at the University of Southern California.
The Seahawks also signed OL Greg Van Roten to a future contract late last week. Van Roten played sparingly for the Green Bay Packers this season as a reserve lineman. He played in 10 games over the last two years for the Packers.