“He said I could have it. I have a lot of respect for his game,” Matthews told reporters Thursday at Gillette Stadium, where he’s working out in advance of the start of the offseason program on Monday.
“I know what he did here. I don’t think you have to get a number retired and all that stuff to understand you need to have respect for what guys do in a place like this. They call him ‘Danny Playoff,’ and I think he earned that nickname. I just wanted to make sure, ‘Hey, is this cool?’ He said it was.”
Matthews signed a one-year deal with the Pats last week and looks to add to an already deep group of receivers.