Clay Matthews agrees to two-year deal with Rams

AP

Linebacker Clay Matthews already has changed his profile picture on Twitter, showing him in a Rams uniform with the familiar No. 52.

Matthews reached agreement on a two-year deal with the Rams, via multiple reports.

Matthews, a USC product, lives near the Rams’ training facility.

The Packers’ signings of free agent linebackers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith signaled the end of Matthews’ days in Green Bay.

Matthews, 32, spent 10 seasons with the Packers, making 494 tackles and 83.5 sacks.

He played in all 16 games last season, recording a career-low 3.5 sacks.

77 responses to “Clay Matthews agrees to two-year deal with Rams

  1. Smart football player – lost a step five years ago, and then another one two years later. Lotta green and gold 52 jerseys out there. Perhaps the change will do him good.

  2. Back in Cal. I hope hes happy, with Aaron Donald in front of him can get back to being as dynamic as he was rushing the passer when GB had Cullen Jenkins in front of him.

  3. All these guys going home to roost. T Sizzle to Arizona and Clay to LA. Both had great carees but father time is unbeaten. Good luck guys!

  4. Catch ya on the flip-flop, Clay.

    Thanks for causing the Super Bowl fumble.

    …but really…the Rams? Really?

  5. Hope it is an incentive packed deal.

    Not sure how much he has left in the tank.

  6. Could be worth up to $16.75 million. Thank you Clay, for everything you’ve given the Packers over the years, and I honestly hope you earn that money in LA, but I’m glad the Packers didn’t give you that big of a contract.

  7. Good player for the Packers over the years. Just wasn’t worth the money toward the end of his time there. Be interesting to see what he signed for.

  8. I guess if you’re going to shake up the team, you shake up the team. Head coach and key players gone, diving into free agency, new outlook, new directions. Time will tell, but wow, no screwin’ around with the changing of the guard in Green Bay.

  9. 2 years $16.75 million for a 32 year old linebacker.
    I’m going to miss Clay, but not at that price.
    Good luck and see you in the playoffs. Thanks for the last 10 years.

  10. Figured he’d prefer to go to CA. Hoped they could bring him back to play both inside and out, but obviously they were outbid. He still has gas in the tank, but is beyond his peak by several years. I wish him well unless they play the Pack.

  11. A great fit for Wade Phillips defense. Not at his prime but a great fit for these two years while our rookies develop. I see Rams drafting OLine and an edge rusher. And this is a great draft on DLineman.Eric Weddle,and Fowler locked up, D looking even better. We do need to replace Suh. Id like him back but he does coast the reg season. I say he lowers his price cause he was a monster in postseason.

  12. The Rams player acquisition has really been off the charts for the last 12 months or so. Every time they pick up a guy it’s like, wow, the that’s actually a really a nice fit.

    I know Matthews isn’t what he was but as a Super Bowl winning former All-Pro who can rotate as a pass rusher on a Wade Phillips defense close to home — like I said, wow, that’s actually a really a nice fit.

  13. Too bad for the other 3 NFC North teams.

    The Packers may replace him with someone not prone to a couple of 15 yard penalties per game.

  14. Should have had at least 5.5 but didnt get credit for them. Anyway, hes a good guy who can still affect the QB. Good luck to you in sunny California man.

  15. Might as well trade Rodgers. Do him a favor. Rodgers ain’t getting any younger nor healthier and probably doesn’t have time for a “clean the house and rebuild” scenario. Get a high first rounder,a second rounder and a couple number 4ths then REALLY rebuild the right way. He is 35 and a bit banged up. Let him get another ring before he retires.

  16. Should be a decent fit, but the Rams sure do seem to be collecting a bunch of old former star defenders.

  17. Horrible signing this guy has been ineffective for years. He has been undisciplined since his rookie in gap responsibility.A very selfish player. But he is back in California.

  18. I dont see how this move makes the Rams any better Matthews is terrible and on the downside of his career, at this point he is purely a rotational player and not a good one.

  19. rohanz2000 says:
    March 19, 2019 at 9:21 pm
    All these guys going home to roost. T Sizzle to Arizona and Clay to LA. Both had great carees but father time is unbeaten. Good luck guys!
    =================================

    Difference is Suggs can still play posting 7.5 sacks this last year and 11.0 sacks in 2017. Matthews had just 3.5 sacks in 2018 and like 5 the year before. Matthews is toast.

  20. One reason this is a good signing for the Rams because the rest of their pass rushing linebackers are 25 and under. All of them brimming with potential, but none have really put it all together yet. Some veteran leadership is just what that group needs.

  21. It’s sad to see a great team like Aaron Rodgers Packers start to decompose. Five years or so ago they were great. Their coach Mike McCarthy was fired at the end of 2018 and is now, I think, coaching HS football? He may never coach again. Rodgers and Clay Matthews are fading fast and I don’t see much hope for the team in the next year or two. It’s rebuild time.

  22. Definitely lost a step. The last couple of years he’s had more than a few “almost” sacks where he’s in reach of the QB but just a split second too late.

  23. Will be interesting to see how the Rams use him. It seems like in recent years Clay was best in the middle on normal downs and then moving outside on passing downs. His achilles heel was probably keeping the edge when playing outside.

    He’s not what he once was, but if used situationally where he isn’t the only decent pass rusher on the field, it could woek.

  24. Ted Thompson didn’t trade up often, but his trade back into the first round in 2009 to take Clay Matthews helped build the foundation for the 2010 World Championship team.

    I have many great Clay Matthews memories, but favorite may be…

    In the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLV when Kevin Greene(LB’s Coach) knew the team needed a spark he walked straight to Clay Matthews and said “It’s time”. Clay shortly after forced the fumble that helped clinch the victory.

    It’s sad to see Clay go, I am not going to lie. Not sure when it will be, but I promise you it’s not goodbye. I would love nothing more than the NFC Championship Game in Lambeau next season and the return of the Claymaker!

    Thank you for everything Clay! We will be rooting for you, unless it’s vs. us.

    #OnceAPackerAlwaysAPacker

    #PackerForever

    #GoPackGo!👏🏈

  25. sojournofred says:

    March 19, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    $16 mil for a dude who hasn’t been able to get to the QB legally in about 5 years?

    ________________

    It’s a MAX of 16 million which means it has some incentives in it.

  26. Contrary to what people think, this is a good signing by the Rams. If they limit his number of snaps, I have no doubt that Matthews will help their defense. He still is a disruptive force who gets a lot of hurries on QB’s even if he doesn’t get the sack.
    Speaking of sacks, Matthews had 5 1/2 sacks last year, not 3 1/2. He had one against Kirk Cousins and one against Alex Smith that everyone saw were legitimate sacks which were flagged by the moronic officials because of that stupid rule on QB’s.
    Matthews did everything the Packers asked of him in his time in GB. For a few years, he was one of the best LB’ers in football. The problem was he always had mediocre talent around him and the Packers moved him to ILB’er which hurt his stats.
    This is a good signing by the Rams and he will help an already good defense be even better.

  27. Clay Matthews was a very good football player, emphasis on “was”. As he slowed down over the last two years, I couldn’t help but notice that his upper body strength couldn’t beat the OL man so once he was robbed of his speed, he was largely ineffective.

    He might have value as a situational rusher if you limit his # of plays but how much money would you pay for that? No doubt the Rams paid more than he will prove to be worth.

  28. He might not even make the 53 man roster there. Clay was a great player, but he hasn’t contributed much the past couple years. He played at a high level for a long time though. Best of luck to him.

  29. Much like Randall Cobb, Clay Matthews departure was already a forgone conclusion, still, it stings a little just the same.

    Clay came to the Packers and fit into Dom Capers 3/4 system as an edge rusher perfectly, compiling 23.5 sacks his first two seasons and 61 in his first six.
    His non-stop motor style of play also added countless pressures and terrorized QBs across the league.

    Obviously, 2010 was a high point as he led one of the best defenses in the league, setting a Packer record for recording 3.5 sacks in a single postseason game, capping it off with a huge 4th Quarter momentum changing play in the Super Bowl.
    With the Packers clinging to a 4 point lead, and the Steelers driving to Green Bay’s 33 yard line, it was Matthews’ strip of Rashard Mendenhall that saved the lead and quite possibly the game.

    As much as I would have liked him back, there really wasn’t any room for him here anymore, especially at that price.
    The Packers have already added a couple of new edge rushers in free agency, if anything, they’ve gotten much younger at that position.
    And they just may be poised to add another dynamic one with pick #12, depending how the top of the draft plays out.

    Matthews is still a very good player, despite his numbers decline, though I thought he’d be better suited as a situational pass rusher and a contract to match that role.
    Good for him to parlay his career into another decent payday.
    He’s going to a good team, who’s defense appears to be going through a little bit of transition, and I wish him well.

  30. tombombadill says:
    March 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm
    Wow, everybody is leaving Green Bay

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    You are confused. The Packer are getting rid of dead wood.

  31. sojournofred says:
    March 19, 2019 at 9:24 pm
    $16 mil for a dude who hasn’t been able to get to the QB legally in about 5 years?

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    This comment is typical of those who know nothing about Clay Matthews or the Packers. He will help the Rams, you watch.

  32. nyneal says:

    March 20, 2019 at 8:19 am

    tombombadill says:
    March 19, 2019 at 9:09 pm
    Wow, everybody is leaving Green Bay

    I think I can speak for the majority of Packers fans when I say that Clay has given us some great games but he has not been the same player for about two years now. Good luck Clay and thank you for all that you have given or team.

  33. This guy plays like Barr……infrequent good plays, arrives to the play late, too many costly penalties, gets juked out of his shorts, and can’t cover slow receivers. He looks good though. That’s important.

    The only memorable play I can recall was his rookie year when he yanked the ball right out of Adrian Peterson’s arms and ran it back for a touchdown. That will stick in my mind forever. The bookend memory is him wasting a kick-butt against the Vikings last year.

    See ya.

  34. As much as I would have liked him back, there really wasn’t any room for him here anymore, especially at that price.
    ======

    I don’t agree with that.

    I think he would have been solid in the middle, chasing down ball carriers, rather than running himself out of plays off the edge.

    And as a situational pass rusher, obviously he still would have had value.

    … 8mil per though?? Good pass for sure.

    Key to a Super Bowl, in more ways than one. An all-timer in terms of Packers pass rushers. Thanks Clay. Really enjoyed watching you.

  35. Ridiculous price, lol. Easily more than double what he’s worth. This team will fall into the cellar when Goff gets paid.

  36. The only memorable play I can recall was his rookie year when he yanked the ball right out of Adrian Peterson’s arms and ran it back for a touchdown. That will stick in my mind forever. The bookend memory is him wasting a kick-butt against the Vikings last year.
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    If he doesn’t force that fumble in the Super Bowl XLV, they probably lose that game.

  37. Clay leaves Green Bay with the legacy of a champion, and the pride and respect of those who delivered a NFL record 13th World Championship to Titletown. One day the Packer Hall of Fame awaits, and Clay will be back where he belongs.

    Clay’s ring will be his constant reminder of the ultimate success he achieved here, and a city that will continue to embrace him with open arms.

    Many thanks, and good luck Clay!

  38. I know they play different positions but signing Suh would have been a bigger bang for the buck.

  39. He’s going to be 33yrs old shortly. His production has slipped to that of a 4th stringer but he has his moments.

    If he doesn’t have to play much maybe he can contribute but I think he’s too broken down and worn out to have much of an effect going forward.

  40. Matthews just made Rodgers very jealous, getting to play the the actual Sean McVay instead of a guy who stood next to Sean McVay once AND getting to live in Cali year round.

  41. baldbuc says:
    I remember when the Texans passed on him for Brian Cushing and thinking they should’ve grabbed Matthews. I was right.
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    Try being the guy screaming “Ed Reed!!!” at his TV when the Seahawks were on the clock in 2002 and the team needed a safety….

  42. I’ve seen him in more commercials than making plays on Sundays.
    But in his prime dude was a beast, best of luck Fabio.

  43. good luck, clay. I’ll never forget “now is the time.” epic, man. just epic. XLV Champion.🏆 you can’t take that away. see you at your Packer Hall of Fame induction.

  44. johngaltwho says:
    March 19, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    Smart football player////////

    Rubbish if he is such a smart football player why couldn’t he find his gap? Selfish football player that did his own thing. Kaepernick and the Forty-Niners optioned Clay so much during a playoff game Kaep almost ran for 200 yards on them. Clay didn’t know how to handle the option. Right after that they moved him into the middle where Clay was lost and couldn’t rush the passer. I get it his first couple years were good and he became a fan favorite but don’t get carried away here.

  45. Kaepernick and the Forty-Niners optioned Clay so much during a playoff game Kaep almost ran for 200 yards on them.

    ++++++

    Erik Walden was the main culprit, not Clay Matthews.

  46. packertruth says:
    March 21, 2019 at 5:21 pm
    Kaepernick and the Forty-Niners optioned Clay so much during a playoff game Kaep almost ran for 200 yards on them.

    ++++++

    Erik Walden was the main culprit, not Clay Matthews

    @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

    You’re right, I watched the OT loss to Arizona and it was Erik Walden that was trying to chase down Fitz not Clay.

  47. You guys all say he’s over the hill, but I’ve feared him to long and seen him wreck to many games to believe it in my heart of hearts. Happy to see him out of the black and blue for sure. My favorite memory about him was during a family gathering where my mom walked into the room while Discount Double-Clay was being interviewed. She takes one look at the screen and says “he looks like a big, ugly, blond trucker woman” and then walks out of the room. There was a long pause, and then we all fell over laughing. My mother.

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