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Should the Dallas Cowboys have any interest in newly-released WR Rishard Matthews?

An interesting wide receiver hit the market on Thursday.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Everybody knows about the struggles concerning the Dallas Cowboys offense. The passing game cannot get going, the play-calling has drawn criticism, and even the workhorse, Ezekiel Elliott, made some crucial mistakes last week. As a result, the Cowboys sit at 1-2 prior to an important matchup with the Detroit Lions.

Change needs to happen within the offense if this season is going to get on the right track. Jason Garrett already shut down any rumors of removing Scott Linehan from play-calling duties and Dak Prescott is still going to be behind center.

With that said, is there any chance that Dallas is interested in making a move to improve the personnel on the offensive side of the ball, either by a trade or free agency? If so, an intriguing option at wide receiver appears to be available in now-former Titans receiver Rishard Matthews.

Matthews, 28, is in his seventh season in the NFL, spending the first four years of his career with the Miami Dolphins before suiting up with the Titans for the past three. The Nevada product had one decent season down in South Beach before moving to the Music City.

With the Titans, Matthews put together two solid seasons in 2016 and 2017, averaging 59 catches, 870 yards, and nearly seven touchdowns over the course of those two seasons. Through three games in 2018, the veteran wideout has yet to start a game, making three grabs for a grand total of 11 yards.

Matthews, according to Rapoport, requested a release from the team after signing a one-year, $7.75 million extension with the team just a few weeks ago. Should the Cowboys have any interest in bringing in a new face in?

On one side, the Cowboys have already tried bringing in some new faces in an effort to overhaul the receivers position. Allen Hurns was the marquee name, but Hurns has yet to make an impact through three games. Deonte Thompson was brought in to add some speed to the room, but he has only recorded 83 yards in three games. Then, there is Michael Gallup, the third-round rookie who — like most first-year receivers — is having to adjust to the NFL game.

On the other side, the Cowboys can do much worse than attempt to bring in Matthews in an effort to give this offense a breath of fresh air. The 6-foot, 217-pound target was Marcus Mariota’s go-to perimeter threat during his time with Tennessee, but the team selected Corey Davis in the first-round in the 2017 draft. The Cowboys, though, seemingly have a need for a receiver to step up on the outside to relieve some pressure for Ezekiel Elliott, as well as free things up for Prescott.

Dallas did bring back Brice Butler last week, which was a surprising move to many. Prescott appeared to have a connection with Butler, especially on the deep-ball and on plays that broke down; but can Butler be a reliable receiver?

If this team is serious about getting the passing game on track, looking hard into signing Matthews would be a smart move. The wideout appears to be recovered from a torn meniscus that he suffered over the offseason, and he has the talent to at least be an upgrade in the receivers room, should the Cowboys go in that direction.

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