PHILADELPHIA (The Phanatic Magazine) - One of Philadelphia's favorite whipping-boys has a new home.
Linebacker Casey Matthews agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.
Matthews, the brother of Green Bay Packers star Clay Matthews, spent his first four NFL seasons with the Eagles after being taken in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of the University of Oregon. He played in 65 games, starting 15, and amassed 109 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks, 7 TFLs, 5 QBHs and 1 forced fumble in addition to 39 special teams tackles.
Despite his reputation as an underachiever Matthews has his best year in 2014 as an injury replcement for both Mychal Kendricks and DeMerco Ryans, recording a career-best 62 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks, 4 TFLs and 3 QBHs.
In Minnesota, Matthews will be moving from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 and is expected to compete with Audie Cole at MLB. The Vikings' starter in 2014, Jasper Brinkley, left for Dallas in free agency.