- Height / Weight
- 6'3" / 255 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- May 14, 1986 (33)
- 11th Season
- 2009 / Rd. 1 / Pk. 26 (GB)
The Los Angeles Rams signed free-agent linebacker Clay Matthews to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $16.75 million, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The former first-rounder will return to his hometown. Matthews had double-digit sacks in four of his first six seasons with the Packers and was an All-Pro in 2010. The 32-year-old's play has declined in recent seasons, but he'll bring veteran leadership to an already stacked Rams unit.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews broke his nose in a charity softball game on Saturday. He was hit by a line drive in the face while he was pitching. In 2017, Matthews returned to his role as an outside pass rusher, where he was only moderately effective. The former All Pro is part of a pass-rushing unit that looks like it may be the weakness of Green Bay's defense heading into 2018. Matthews shouldn't face any long-term issues on account of the broken nose, which will require surgery. He was already sitting out of organized team activities on account of a minor knee surgery that he had this offseason.
As reported by Rob Demovsky, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (knee) underwent a procedure that was described as a "clean-up" for his knee shortly after Green Bay's season ended. Matthews returned to his role as an outside rusher this year on a full-time basis. It was in that role that he finished second in NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2010. He had spent some time playing inside linebacker on account of injuries for much of the past two seasons. Still, he was ultimately disappointing and didn't have much of an impact in 2017. He has lacked a burst rushing the passer that he had in years past, and his best position going forward may be inside linebacker. He is scheduled to make $11.4 million in 2018, a large amount for either an ineffective pass rusher or quality inside linebacker, so it seems likely that he will either be cut by Green Bay or forced to restructure his contract. Finding an elite outside pass rusher to pair with Nick Perry will be a high priority for Green Bay this offseason.