Vikings add LB Casey Matthews

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The Vikings have bolstered their linebacking depth, reaching a deal with Eagles reserve Casey Matthews, the club said Tuesday.

Matthews, 26, started 11-of-16 games at inside linebacker for Philadelphia in 2014, notching 53 tackles and 1.5 sacks. His starts came in place of the injured Mychal Kendricks (three) and DeMeco Ryans (eight).

Matthews (6-1, 245) could vie for playing time at middle linebacker for Minnesota. Jasper Brinkley, an 11-game starter in the middle last season, signed with Dallas earlier this month. Matthews could also be asked to contribute on special teams.

A fifth-year pro from Oregon, Matthews has appeared in 64 regular season games, notching 112 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

108 responses to “Vikings add LB Casey Matthews

  1. First Mays. Now Casey Matthews. Solid athletes that are good on special teams and could use some polishing at their positions. Welcome to Sergeant Zimmers Army. Where average players learn to Be All You Can Be….

  2. Not a bad signing, might compete with Audie Cole if we do not solve this position in the draft

  3. Chip not bringing him back is clearly based on race

    Regards,
    Screamin’ A Smith

  4. So now that they’ve run out of Packers retreads to sign, they’re going after relatives of Packers players.

    Jordan Rodgers is probably waiting for his call any minute now.

  5. I wouldn’t call it “bolstered”, dude looked lost half the time on the field when he played for Philly.

  6. BrazilianKicker13 says:
    Mar 24, 2015 7:44 PM
    Im not a Packers fan but man they sound jealous
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    Yes BK, The Pack have 1000 Ancient Chumpionships but will always envy the Vikings. You see, we are neighboring states. So happens we have the better health,education, women,recreation and quality of life. Can’t blame them, WI is like North Korea…..

  7. You just can’t make this stuff anymore… the Packer envy is so blatantly obvious. Oh I’m sure “camp fodder” smdh.

  8. So now that they’ve run out of Packers retreads to sign, they’re going after relatives of Packers players.

    Jordan Rodgers is probably waiting for his call any minute now….

    Since TT has basically telegraphed ILB in the draft with his normal inaction…what will happen if someone jumps ahead of him to get his man? Just like the Saints stole Brandin Cooks from him in last years draft, so he had to settle for the 2 point playmaker Ha Ha Ha…

    It really must be boring being a Green Bay Rodger fan with their offices closed until April 30th…

  9. Dang, this is almost comical but you actually feel kinda sorry for the vikes. If they’re not picking ex packers they go for next of kin..

    Wouldn’t it be fun just to pick up anything?

  10. Cleary Clay got all of the talent. Casey is such a damn bum…

    Maybe so. but if they play Fabio on the inside this year to make up for their dismal defensive drafting on front 7, those hamstrings will shred like spaghetti going into piles all season…

  11. Rosstuckershairplugs like to talk a lot. Pretty much about the stuff he knows nothing about. The jokes write themselves and he’s still defending Spielman. He must be the youngest Wilf.

  12. Ahaha, I could already see the Packers trolls posts when I heard this on the radio. Living in Philly I can say one thing about this guy: boooo this move. This dude is never in position, takes crappy angles, and can’t cover running backs,te’s,fullbacks or any other position that may be eligible to make a catch. And Packer trolls, at least be funny by acciden, I mean your coach says you guys were the best team in the NFL when the season ended, how did that work out for you? Just put on your hunting jackets your stupid foam cheese hats and wait for another Vikings article to give you something to do.

  13. dragonfly99 says: Mar 24, 2015 7:38 PM

    Looks like if that can’t sign a Packer, they will settle for a brother of a Packer. Spielman has a clear case of Packer Envy.
    ************************************************** MY GOD can’t you Packer fans come up with ANY new comments?
    You’re like the guy that keeps telling you the same JOKE… over, and over, every time he sees you.

  14. Lol lol lol lol lol listening to these turds to the west of us always trying to justify a move. Throwing insults to cover up their low self esteems. Thinking that they’re a state that matters in this country. Thinking that they’re a team on the rise. Thinking that their only star athlete will actually play for them next season. Wow, you kids make me laugh. Biggest joke of pft trolls. Clearly, your ignorant statements about football show that you know nothing.

  15. Whoops. That’s not clay Matthews vikings. You got another wash out. Only this one isn’t the Packer you really wanted…

    Whoops…Laugh if you want to…maybe TT should have brought in this guy to look at..The ILB corps is terrible.

    But of course If TT brought him in the Rodger fans would be claiming a Matthews brothers Super Bowl in 2016…

  16. Packers the chokers have nothing to do but commenting all year round on Vikings page. Talk is cheap trolls…

    What else is there to do? The Aaron Rodgers NFL film fest is done, and TT is doing his normal spring nap through FA…They love to laugh at other teams looking for roster options, yet do nothing themselves…

  17. Rosstuckershairplugs like to talk a lot. Pretty much about the stuff he knows nothing about. The jokes write themselves and he’s still defending Spielman. He must be the youngest Wilf….

    Ho Yo clever, you must use that at the next kegger…

    I looked back at my notes and see nary a mention of Spielman in my posts. However, my love for TT is unparalleled, after all I am the one pushing for a Muffin, Capers and TT extension through 2030.

    Brandin Cooks was the replacement for Cobb this year…kinda sounds like TT now doesn’t it?

  18. emoney826 says:
    Mar 24, 2015 8:22 PM
    Lol lol lol lol lol listening to these turds to the west of us always trying to justify a move. Throwing insults to cover up their low self esteems.
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    Didn’t I cast your sorry self into Packer Hades years back? Who let you out eharmony?

  19. rosstuckershair says:
    Mar 24, 2015 8:22 PM
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    wow, so much anger and jealousy. Maybe you should worry about the gaping holes in your own team’s favorite roster.

    If Green Bay’s roster stinks so bad, and you are signing the guys that can’t make it on that roster …. that doesn’t say much about your roster.

  20. Lol lol lol lol lol listening to these turds to the west of us always trying to justify a move. Throwing insults to cover up their low self esteems. Thinking that they’re a state that matters in this country. Thinking that they’re a team on the rise. Thinking that their only star athlete will actually play for them next season. Wow, you kids make me laugh. Biggest joke of pft trolls. Clearly, your ignorant statements about football show that you know nothing…………………………….

    You must be the old guy with Packer Owner written on his Cheesehead…

    Seattle 28
    Packers 22

  21. Rth, you are just picking at the trolls right? You don’t actually believe the stuff you say do you? Cuz every year there are a bunch of MN fans that talk and talk about how we aren’t active in free agency and are going down hill and every year we neat your team, win the division, and do things like win the SB. Yet it seems that you believe the Viking way is better and our GM is a moron. Winning is the only thing that matters, and we do it (over the last two years we’ve doubled MNS win total). Perhaps you should look at our success and learn from it, no?

  22. rosstuckershair says:
    Mar 24, 2015 8:06 PM

    but if they play Fabio on the inside this year to make up for their dismal defensive drafting on front 7, those hamstrings will shred like spaghetti going into piles all season…
    ==========================

    Rosstuckershair is just jealous because claymatthewshair>rosstuckershair

  23. Seriously what do Packer fans have to be jealous about with the Vikings?

    Them signing a couple of career backups in Mays and Matthews?

    Them trading for an overpriced malcontent WR?

    Their 21 playoff appearances since 1969 that all ended in defeat including losing 4 SBs(talk about choke artists).

    Most Packer fans dont even live in Wisconsin so watching the Vikings fans claim state superiority over Packer fans is comical at best. Gotta come up with something better than that you silly wabbits.

  24. Hilarious. You can’t make this stuff up. Spielman makes it too easy for Packer fans. How he got to be a GM with no ability to judge talent or develop players is mind boggling. It took the Dolphin organization 5 years to recover. If you drive by the Vikings headquarters you can actually hear circus music coming from inside the building.

  25. The Packers 4 out of 5 SBs. The vikes 0 for 4. The Packers are chokers? Oh and just another FYI The vikes in there last 5 NFC Championship games 0 for 5!! LMAO!!!

  26. Packer fans better get your trolling in while you can pretty soon you won’t have any time to do any thing. After you fools in Wisconsin voted to kill unions you will be working 12 hours a day 7 days a week for half the pay. Clowns. Hay but at least you all Own a football team.

  27. Rth, you are just picking at the trolls right? You don’t actually believe the stuff you say do you? Cuz every year there are a bunch of MN fans that talk and talk about how we aren’t active in free agency and are going down hill and every year we neat your team, win the division, and do things like win the SB. Yet it seems that you believe the Viking way is better and our GM is a moron. Winning is the only thing that matters, and we do it (over the last two years we’ve doubled MNS win total). Perhaps you should look at our success and learn from it, no?..

    Again trlrprklvr…You sure like to pack my mouth with other posters thought don’t you. This is Viking article…I am merely responding to a bunch of Rodger fans insulting every move other teams make. The Packers are a one man team…what would they look like if Tolzien started 16 games…There is your mortality..and you better hope that nothing ever happens. TT has built this roster being able to cheap by with Rodgers carrying them….and that is indisputable…

  28. Hilarious. You can’t make this stuff up. Spielman makes it too easy for Packer fans. How he got to be a GM with no ability to judge talent or develop players is mind boggling. It took the Dolphin organization 5 years to recover. If you drive by the Vikings headquarters you can actually hear circus music coming from inside the building…..

    The Fon Du Lac Finder failed to mention that Spielman had no control over the roster in Miami…

  29. Rosstuckershair is just jealous because claymatthewshair>rosstuckershair..

    You are right thats for sure…But with Hawk gone…I can’t call them the White Chicks from the Wayans movie anymore.

  30. In Philly Mathews sucked. Could not play defense and a below average special teamer. Every running back and tight end has more speed. You don’t win nothing with guys like this.

  31. Special teams addition. Audie Cole starts at mlb unless the Vikes pickup a stud mlb in the draft. Check out PFF game review of week 17 against da Bears. He kicked butt.

  32. Since no free agent want to sign with the Packers they might as well go sign sharper out of prison to be in their choke roster. Choke is all you got.

  33. Since no free agent want to sign with the Packers they might as well go sign sharper out of prison to be in their choke roster. Choke is all you got and will always be.

  34. I’m not sure Packer fans should be ripping the Vikings signing an inside linebacker after the Packers cut both their starters at that position. Who do you think you’re going to get to play there?

  35. Another great FA year for the Vikes. Other then Wallace all they ever do is pick up stiffs and benchwarmers. We are so under the cap and wont sign any decent OL or DB’s. Spielman sux.

  36. Not a fan of either team, but i would much rather live in Minneapolis than Green Bay.

  37. Seems like a mirror of Michael Mauti. Guess we’ll find out which one makes the team, from what I’ve seen of Mathews he’s an effort guy like Mauti, but is limited in space. Special teamer and emergency LB at best.

    Mays looks like potential competition for Blanton and Exum at SS with a bit more of a thumper capability. Zimmer said at the end of the season he wanted to get more physical and this guy fits that mold.

    Neither of these guys are a lock to make the team, will provide some competition in training camp, but will be playing long into preseason game 4.

  38. I love watching the Packer backers and Vikings fans hurl insults at each other. It’s like Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan arguing over who’s camels have sweeter-smelling farts…

  39. Since 2001 the VIkings have won 10 or more games 3 times. Making the playoffs 4 times.

    Since 2001 the Packers have won 10 or more games 10 times Making the playoffs 11 times.

    What do you guys think the Packers or their fans would be jealous of, being out of the playoff race when Thanksgiving rolls around?

  40. Hey guys. Did you know Casey Matthews is Clay Matthews brother? Packer fans wanted to make sure we all knew that. It somehow has something to do with Packer envy. I’m not sure why…but it does somehow.

  41. ninjapleazee says:

    I wouldn’t call it “bolstered”, dude looked lost half the time on the field when he played for Philly.

    —–

    But, who didn’t on their defense?

  42. This is a very “meh” signing.

    And you gotta love the cheeser above trashing the Vike fan comments noting how much better the state of MN is compared to WI (income, health, employment, education, etc) by stating that most Pack fans no longer even live in WI — completely made my day.

  43. Special teams addition. Audie Cole starts at mlb unless the Vikes pickup a stud mlb in the draft. Check out PFF game review of week 17 against da Bears. He kicked butt…

    I have the game DVR’d. He was all over the place at Will that day. It is a bad year for ILB in the draft though. It will be interesting to see where Zimmer places him this year.

  44. beerbratscheese says:
    Mar 24, 2015 8:44 PM

    Pssst, hey Vikings! That’s CASEY Matthews you just signed; not CLAY Matthews

    ))))))))))))

    The Vikings wouldn’t miss Fabio standing on the sideline in the 4th quarter of the NFCC game because he was gassed.
    Or miss his 6 tackles in the biggest game of the year.
    Casey can be a special teams player though.

  45. Wouldn’t have made the Eagles 53 this year except Travis Long tore his ACL in the final preseason game, but he’s a decent special teams player.

  46. I would just focus on players picked up but as usual, the GB trolls are 50% plus on this thread.

    That said, I’d like to ensure the Packer fans that the Vikings even though are growing in starters and depth in their line up, are a year away from taking the division, much like they did from the 70′-90’s.

    That said, do not be surprised when the “lowly” Vikes get a wildcard and kick your butt, like they did in recently, history will repeat.(I know you have 99 championships in the last 3 years, get over it cheedarheads).

    The Vikings are coming and you all well know or you wouldn’t be commenting with your snide remarks-GB is about done lol

  47. Say no matter who you root for nobody said he would make the final roster no player is 100% guaranteed! All teams bring in “fillers” Besides people respond different in different environments/situations!!

  48. The fact that he’s from Oregon and Chip Kelly doesn’t want him tells you all you need to know about how talented he is.

  49. You’d think Clay would work with him to help him improve. He’s got to have something because he’s hung around for 5 years.

  50. He was super average in limited time last year. Previous years he was a complete liability. I can still see Brandon Jacobs outrunning Casey on a wheel route for a TD 🙁

  51. He was super average in limited time last year. Previous years he was a complete liability. I can still see Brandon Jacobs outrunning Casey on a wheel route for a TD 🙁

  52. I know the Packer fans off season fun consists of looking at other teams actually signing free agents, but there’s nothing to get worked up here about. Somebody wake up the Packer front office and let them know it’s a 53 man roster. It’s ok to sign backups and special teamers in free agency too.

  53. For most teams I would say this is a decent signing to add depth to a position and you also get a good special teams guy… but they already have a roster full of them! You clowns need starters and lots of them. If you had 10 first round picks you still wouldn’t compete this year.

  54. rosstuckershair says:
    Mar 24, 2015 7:57 PM
    So now that they’ve run out of Packers retreads to sign, they’re going after relatives of Packers players.

    Jordan Rodgers is probably waiting for his call any minute now….

    Since TT has basically telegraphed ILB in the draft with his normal inaction…what will happen if someone jumps ahead of him to get his man? Just like the Saints stole Brandin Cooks from him in last years draft, so he had to settle for the 2 point playmaker Ha Ha Ha…

    It really must be boring being a Green Bay Rodger fan with their offices closed until April 30th…

    ______

    You’re right, sometimes it is boring in March, but its NEVER boring in January.

  55. You’re right, sometimes it is boring in March, but its NEVER boring in January….

    I can’t believe how Clinton Dix didn’t make a play on the ball”

    Yes it is never boring watching the Rodgers fall well short year after year.

  56. They just keep trying to emulate Their Big Brothers to the East…

    I somehow miss the comparison. The Vikings, Lions and Bears have all signed people for next year. How is actually making roster moves comparable to sitting on hands in Green Bay..

  57. Big question is how many titles have the Vikings won ever?

    The Rodgers have won 2 in the last 47 years, with 2 HOF QBs…

    A fart in the wind…Ron Wolf

  58. The Packers are a one man team…what would they look like if Tolzien started 16 games…

    Yeah like if Christian Ponder started 16 games…

    Now you are getting it. The Rodgers would be picking top 10 every year without him. Glad you recognized that Aaaron carries the entire show, offense, gives the defense 14 point leads, and lets the coaching staff fumble and bumble..It even got stiff Reggie McKenzie a job.

  59. You’re right, sometimes it is boring in March, but its NEVER boring in January…..

    It is never boring watching the Rodgers fall short year after year..

  60. Mr. Spielman, word is Gertrude Bulaga is looking for work……go get her!..

    TT offered vet minimum, a room at the Super 8 and Subway coupons. Gertie is waiting for the Favres Steakhouse certificates before she signs with the Rodgers

  61. Well it looks like the Packers will own the Vikings for another year.

    I love how they refer to Super Bowl Championships as “ancient” when the Vikings have never won one. By the way didn’t they win one in grand fashion as a wild card team 2010? Is that ancient times? On the bright side, the Vikings had a better record than the Bears last year.

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