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49ers announce signing of TE Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal, release WR Bennie Fowler

Jul 31, 2021 at 9:06 AM--


The San Francisco 49ers have officially announced the signing of tight end Jordan Matthews to a one-year deal. The news was first reported on Friday by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

To make room on the roster, the team has released wide receiver Bennie Fowler.

The 49ers Communications staff has provided the following rundown.



Matthews (6-3, 236) was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round (42nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft. Throughout his seven-year NFL career with the Eagles (2014-16 & 2018-19), Buffalo Bills (2017) and 49ers (2019-20), he has appeared in 75 games (46 starts) and registered 274 receptions for 3,288 yards (12.0 average) and 22 touchdowns as a wide receiver. Matthews spent part of the 2020 season on San Francisco's practice squad and later appeared in two games with the team.

A 29-year-old native of Madison, AL, Matthews attended Vanderbilt University. In four years with the Commodores (2010-13), he played in 51 games (37 starts) and finished his career as the SEC's all-time leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759) and totaled a school-record 24 receiving touchdowns.

Fowler (6-1, 218) originally signed with the 49ers as a free agent on May 21, 2021.

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