Rams announce release of Clay Matthews

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Todd Gurley isn’t the only big-name player with whom the Rams are parting ways. The Rams also are releasing linebacker Clay Matthews, the team announced.

He was due a $2 million roster bonus.

Matthews was scheduled to make $3.75 million in base salary and count $5.75 million against the salary cap after signing a two-year, $9.25 million deal last offseason.

Matthews, 33, started 13 games in his only season in Los Angeles after 10 seasons with the Packers. He missed three games with a broken jaw.

He made 37 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight sacks, 11 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups in 2019.

In his 11-year career, Matthews has 519 tackles, 91.5 sacks, 130 tackles for loss and 200 quarterback hits.

35 responses to “Rams announce release of Clay Matthews

  1. Clay played way better than I thought he had left in him. Besides breaking his jaw (Seahawks), he played and had positive results. I’d want him on my team for $3-4M.

  2. He was a real good player for us for a long time, but his production fell off long before he left town. Like so many others, he will have to decide if the pounding and injuries are worth the extra money to play another year or two.

  3. Good player, still worth that 3.75M, but the Rams are in cap hell now after going all in, so they need to move some bodies.

  4. Matthews has 8 sacks in a season… “he’s washed up, lost a step”

    Clowney has 8 sacks in a season… “he’s a monster, best pass rusher in the game, deserves top dollar”

  5. “In his 11-year career, Matthews has 519 tackles, 91.5 sacks, 130 tackles for loss and 200 quarterback hits.”

    and about 100 of those QB hits were late or cheapshots

  6. Actually played very well for them. He’s worth that salary but the Rams spent themselves into oblivion.

  7. Who’s going to play LB for the Rams now? Tough seeing former superstars move from team to team at the end of their careers.

  8. Come to Cleveland, sign a reasonable contract and line up on opposite side of Myles Garrett and give us 2 good, hard years and ride off in to the sunset. We loved your dad here and would love to see you here too…

  9. He made 37 tackles, nine tackles for loss, eight sacks, 11 quarterback hits, two forced fumbles and three pass breakups in 2019. Not bad numbers for 13 games. Some one will sign him if the $ is right.

  10. Shinnbone says:
    Coach Bilichick will get 10 sacks outta CM3

    Yes – wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with Patriots. He’s an intense guy and would fit with Bill B.

  11. – says:
    March 19, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    Back to Green Bay as a middle linebacker.
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    I’d take that, but I don’t know how he works in Pettine’s system.

  12. greenanxiety says:
    March 19, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    One of the most OVRRRATED players ever….
    __________________________________
    6 Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl Champion

  13. camstinks says:
    March 19, 2020 at 4:40 pm
    Another bad signing by the Rams… Right up there with Goff
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    You seriously think $3.5M for:

    – 9 tackles for a loss
    – 8 sacks
    – 11 quarterback hits
    – 2 forced fumbles
    – 3 pass breakups

    in 13 games was a bad signing?

    In Clowney’s 13 games last year, he put up:

    – 7 tackles for a loss
    – 3 sacks
    – 13 quarterback hits
    – 4 forced fumbles
    – 3 pass breakups

    And it cost the Seahawks over double – $8M.

    I guess we know why you aren’t a GM. I’d take Matthews production and salary over Clowney’s in a heartbeat.

  14. The Rams got themselves in salary cap hell…

    Clay Matthews can still play, but he might be more efficient not playing every down.

    Take a pay cut, and chase another ring with Brady.

  15. I’m sure is headed to the packer hall of fame.
    Their fans love participation awards.

  16. You gotta admit, That Matthew’s family definitely inherited some NFL football playing genes..

    every single one them that played, played lights out in their primes

  17. 11 good years and still has a couple years left. Would be a good situational player for some team in the the right situation and the right coach. Maybe Dallas or NE?

  18. Matthew’s was awesome now the best defense lay’s in Chicago it would be hard to beat Raquan Smith and Dan T at LB but like Kiewaski he would be awesome as the fill in for those two at LB play 4 the Bears one more year. For a hall of fame year.

  19. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    March 19, 2020 at 7:28 pm
    I’m sure is headed to the packer hall of fame.
    Their fans love participation awards.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    …….says a fan of the team with nothing but Attaboy Banners hanging from the rafters. That’s rich.

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