By: Barry Barnes, Founder/Senior Writer
The Washington Redskins announced Tuesday that they have signed free agent center Kevin Matthews. According to the team’s press release, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Undrafted free agent center Kyle Wilborn was released to make room for the three-year veteran center.
Matthews originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Tennessee Titans in 2010. The 6-3, 302-pound offensive lineman worked his way off the Titans’ practice squad, and was on the team’s active roster during Tennessee’ 2010 campaign.
Matthews has appeared in 17 career games (three starts), all with the Titans.
Matthews is looking to continue the trail of greatness in the NFL, for he is the son of former Houston Oilers/Titans Hall of Fame center Bruce Matthew, who played for 19 seasons. His grandfather, Clay Matthews, Sr., played during the 1950s and his uncle, Clay Matthews, Jr., played in the NFL for 19 seasons as well, mainly for the Cleveland Browns.
Matthews is a part of the young breed of the magnificent Matthews NFL family, who are currently in the league or on their way.
His cousin, Clay Matthews III, is a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Green Bay Packers with another cousin who is a linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles in Casey Matthews, and another cousin who plays for USC in Kyle Matthews. Matthews has two younger brothers who are currently plays for Texas A&M in Jake, who is a junior, and Mike, who is the second string center.
With Matthews in the fold for the Redskins, the center position in more stable. Last season, when starting center Will Montgomery got injured, guard Kory Lichtensteiger played center. Josh LeRibeus has filled at both guard positions and at center during practice. The Matthews’ signing help keep Redskins’ offensive linemen in their natural positions.
Wilborn, from Troy, signed with the Redskins as an undrafted free agent on May 2, 2013.
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