Aaron Rodgers, other Packers publicly lobby for Clay Matthews to be re-signed

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Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers asked for receiver Randall Cobb, and Rodgers got receiver Randall Cobb. Now, Rodgers wants another former teammate back in Green Bay.

Rodgers, along with Cobb and left tackle David Bakhtiari, took to social media to stump for the Packers to re-sign Matthews.

BRING HIM BACK,” Rodgers typed over a photo of Matthews.

Against the background of tension that boiled over into a potential boycott of the coming season by Rodgers, and that could still see Rodgers try to get out in 2022, his decision to publicly pressure the Packers’ from office merits close attention. Will G.M. Brian Gutekunst give Rodgers and others what they want? Matthews has been available for more than a year, and there’s been no indication that the Packers have interest in a reunion.

Cut last year by the Rams, Matthews rebuffed interest from the Broncos and made $2 million in guaranteed money to not play. This year, he has no financial reason to pass on an opportunity to play. There has been no indication that any team has attempted to sign him.

The timing of this move by Rodgers makes things potentially more awkward. The front office possibly is (or isn’t) warming to the idea of giving Rodgers a much-deserved seat at the table when it comes to personnel and other matters that typically don’t fall within the job description of player. The decision of the man who recently aired out his grievances regarding Gutekunst’s approach during a press conference has launched an external campaign to bring Matthews back, even if Gutekunst doesn’t think it’s the right move for the franchise.

What Rodgers doesn’t understand (or maybe he does and doesn’t care) is that teams must constantly make hard decisions about who stays and who goes, balancing veterans getting near the end of the road with young players who will develop into the future nucleus of the team. Bringing back Matthews would mean bumping someone else off the roster, and delaying someone else’s development as Matthews gets those snaps.

It’s natural for players to want to play with other players they know, like, and respect. There’s a familiarity, a comfort level. One that makes it easier to develop the proper camaraderie for the current season. The G.M. has to think more broadly. Does the older player’s remaining talent justify the move? From a cap-value standpoint, is it better to give someone younger a chance to develop?

It’s always better to part ways with a player one year too early instead of one year too late. The Packers moved on from Matthews after the 2018 season. There’s a reason they haven’t tried to re-sign him before Rodgers launched his public campaign to “BRING HIM BACK.”

This doesn’t mean the Packers haven’t bungled their relationship with Rodgers. They have. But if Rodgers has any interest in mending fences — and he quite possibly doesn’t — he should stop trying to publicly pressure the front office to sign former players. Instead, he should take it up directly with the front office.

90 responses to “Aaron Rodgers, other Packers publicly lobby for Clay Matthews to be re-signed

  1. Those who say:
    “Hire my over the hill friends”

    and the same ones who say
    “This team stinks , they don’t have enough good players”

    Players play, the GMs job is to bring in good players

  2. How does this help them? It would take much needed snaps away from Rashan Gary who is about to have a Pro Bowl year. Should an MVP QB have input into personnel moves? Absolutely but you can’t let him start calling the shots for you. It’s not a buddy system. If Gutekunst makes the move he’s going to look weak.

  3. Yes, bring back that core unit of guys who couldn’t bring home the bacon for the last 8 seasons they were together. Is AJ Hawk available too?

  4. Green Bay should’ve just traded him, man. The schedule last year was a joke, this year’s is brutal, and the roster is worse. The Rodgers led Packers peaked last season and now they sold their soul to Aaron for what?

  5. If the current Packers are lobbying for Mathews to return it’s clear they know he would at least think about it. Also the Packers 4th OLB behind Zaire Smith, Preston Smith and Rashan Gary is Randy Ramsey who was just injured and is likely headed to injured reserve. It’s worth considering.

  6. He’d pull his hamstring (his favorite annual injury) the first week and they’d have tp pay him to sit the rest of the season.

  7. Clay Matthews is a defensive player and Rodgers being an offensive player stumping for him seems out of lane. I don’t mind him wanting certain receivers because the QB & WR relationship is important in an offense. What is the use of a QB stumping for a defensive player? This is crossing the line here.

  8. Hey Rodgers, quit playing general manager and just play football. Your ego is getting in the way!!

  9. Rodger is a kid playing a kid’s game. Good for him, he should enjoy it – because the kid’s game part of that is going to go away soon, whether he grows up or not.

  10. My Dad”REST HIS SOUL” used to say,FINISH YOUR OWN PIECE OF CAKE, BEFORE YOU TRY TO EAT SOMEONE ELSE’S

  11. Sign and retire – OK – but dont forget that he cost us 2 games with late in the game roughing the passer fouls. Both dumb ones – one we ended in a tie , the other a L. He is over the hill and might have been misused ( ie he should have been stuck in the middle and not used as an OLB) but he has slowed down too much and didnt play last year.

  12. Theres some bad karma coming ARs way… And that doesn’t bode well for a skinny little injury prone QB in the NFL.

  13. If he wants to play GM like a big boy he should tweet who he plans to cut to make room for his pal.

    #TrueLeader

  14. Charles Woodson was looking very fit and ready at the HOF ceremony last weekend, make him an offer Gute!!

  15. lol!!!!

    This is exactly why the Packers should have dealt him. Drama queen city!

    Clay Matthews has sucked for years and still refuses to set the edge.

  16. That would be double dipping. Clay would get paid by the Packers while collecting Social Security.

  17. Party Lizard says:
    August 14, 2021 at 11:58 am

    ARod’s version of The Expendables movie
    ********
    I like this.
    I liked it a lot.

  18. This isn’t 2015. Man if that team needs him at LB they are even less talented than I thought. Without Rodgers they would be picking in the Top 3 in next year’s draft.

  19. Rodgers didn’t specify in what capacity, if it’s a complimentary one day contract so Mathews can retire a Packer , that is the only logical explanation

  20. Is Jermichael Finley in shape? Rodgers needs a TE he can lead into big hits and draw 15 yard penalties.

  21. Rodgers the Whiner is Not worth the trouble Just 1 SB appearance Lots of stats Bet GB Management cant wait til this season is over

  22. Next week Aaron will be offering Jordy Nelson 10 million guaranteed for this season.

  23. Would Matthews be an improvement at any linebacker or edge position for the Packers – that should be the only criteria for a team on the verge of playoff/SB contention.

    Similar to the Chiefs cutting ties with J Houston about 4 years too early. Both dudes still have plenty of gas in their tanks and neither one was blocking anybody from playing with their former teams.

    In fact, both of them were probably the best defenders on those teams at the time they got axed.

  24. Remember when we thought Brett was a diva? As for Clay, collecting a check NOT to play at a time when Americans were laid off and owners closed their businesses due to the pandemic, proves professional athletes are over paid. And it’s a slap in the face to those who pay to see the games. It’s one more reason why I watched less football last year, and will watch less this year. . The Pack can have him.

  25. It’s starting to become clearer as to who’s in charge of this team, and they’re not named Gute or Murphy.

  26. 2019 clay had 8 sacks in 13 games as LILB. Quick: name the current depth chart at LILB. Yeah. I couldn’t do it either.

  27. My Packers are trying to go back in time and win the 2014 super bowl. This is getting sad.

  28. I usually defend Rodgers, but not this time. If it was for one of those one-day signing deals before retiring, fine; otherwise, CMIII is a fossil at this point.

  29. Play quarterback and do your job.Period stop discount double checking everyone’s else’s job.

  30. Bringing back Matthews would mean bumping someone else off the roster, and delaying someone else’s development
    ___
    This already happened with cobb. Why would anyone think Rodgers cares?

  31. I think everyone needs to R E L A X.

    Cobb started the tweet. Rodger’s re-tweet was probably tongue-in-cheek with a slight poke at Gutey.
    If he really wanted Matthews back he would not have chosen this approach. More likely a show of affection for his old buddy who has been out of football for a year.

  32. The GM has to already have a belly full of Aaron. I’ll give odds he’s just pushing more and more to get traded next year. Aaron is jealous that he’s not a tenth as good as Brady.

  33. It will all come down to how Love performs in the preseason games. For now Rodgers knows that he has the team in a corner so he’ll keep kicking and screaming till he gets his way. But where does one draw the line with giving into his demands? Sink or swim, at some point the team will have to go with Love and put an end to this Diva nonsense. Enough is enough.

  34. Matthews has been finished for years

    It’s not a wonder why Rodgers has been ignored on personnel decisions.

    Next he’ll be clamoring to bring back Eddie Lacy

  35. He’s a good guy and was a smart player. I could see him as a coach. But he was washed up when he last played for the Rams. I’d put the over/under on how long CM3 would play at three plays before his hammies place him on the IR.

  36. Never thought I’d say this about the Packers, their ridiculous fans or Rodgers, but this is actually very entertaining. Ha!

  37. If Rogers thinks he is in the same league as Brady when it comes to bringing in talent to build a team, he really needs to step back…43 year old Brady joined a loaded Bucs team and told management that he needed a few offensive pieces to get the job done…slot WR AB (still a #1 guy that he has mentoring to get back into the league the year before), TE Gronk (who only retired because he didn’t want to play in Det), and a RB that can catch passes – playoff Lenny who played for a terrible franchise and needed a second chance while still in the prime of his career…All of these players were still in the prime of their career; they just needed a new team and leadership. Rogers is trying to bring guys out of retirement to win…and they are the players he couldn’t even win with during their prime years.

  38. There once was a guy named Aaron
    Who claims he is a-‘carin
    about the Packers and such.

    But he’s really just letting
    his ego go a-blarin’,
    and this is all getting a little bit much.
    —-

    I love Clay but he’s washed up. If the Packers do this we will know just what is going on and it’s not pretty.

    Packers fan since 1961.

  39. jdax says:
    August 14, 2021 at 4:56 pm
    If Rogers thinks he is in the same league as Brady when it comes to bringing in talent to build a team, he really needs to step back…43 year old Brady joined a loaded Bucs team and told management that he needed a few offensive pieces to get the job done…slot WR AB (still a #1 guy that he has mentoring to get back into the league the year before), TE Gronk (who only retired because he didn’t want to play in Det), and a RB that can catch passes – playoff Lenny who played for a terrible franchise and needed a second chance while still in the prime of his career…All of these players were still in the prime of their career; they just needed a new team and leadership. Rogers is trying to bring guys out of retirement to win…and they are the players he couldn’t even win with during their prime years.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Lucky him.

  40. Rodgers should keep his mouth shut and just take snaps.he is not the Green Bay Packers, he is simply one imporatant spoke on a well oiled wheel.I am sure he didnt make Gary and the rest of the LB corps very happy with his absurd,crazy demand about signing an over the hill Clay Matthews.how much more can the Packers organization take from its prima donna wanna be GM quarterback.

  41. Rodgers has be lucky so far. Lucky to win 1 Superbowl, one less than Eli. If it wasn’t for luck he’d have zero.

  42. Yes! I’m all in BRING HIM BACK!!!! If these tweaks are going to get a bunch of crybaby vikings fans posting there garbage then, BRING HIM BACK!!!
    13 Time World Champion Green Bay Packers!
    0 (zero) world championships minnesooota vikings.

  43. Rodgers is also close friends with AJ Hawk. Considering how badly he stunk it up his last few years, it seemed somewhat fishy that not only was Hawk on the team, but starting. He was god awful.

  44. They should hire these guys he keeps asking for and drop top OL’s each time to pay for it. Then hope ol’ Aron takes one to the jaw that requires wiring shut to rehab.

  45. Rodgers is putting together a team to take on Favre and Jerry Rice in a new Copper Fit commercial.

  46. Since we lost linsley maybe bag o donuts is available. This is getting out of hand

  47. but dont forget that he cost us 2 games with late in the game roughing the passer fouls. Both dumb ones – one we ended in a tie , the other a L.
    ——
    Let’s not rewrite history here. I don’t want CM3 back but he did nothing wrong on that play that lead to the tie with the Vikes. That was all refs going overboard on the new QB protection rules which they dialed back by mid-season. He did have some really dumb personal fouls throughout his career for sure….but that wasn’t one of them.

  48. “hogbuster7 says:
    August 14, 2021 at 11:50 am
    How does this help them? It would take much needed snaps away from Rashan Gary who is about to have a Pro Bowl year. Should an MVP QB have input into personnel moves? Absolutely but you can’t let him start calling the shots for you. It’s not a buddy system. If Gutekunst makes the move he’s going to look weak.”

    Gary is going to the Pro Bowl? idk what you’re smoking.

    The Packers need players who know how to step up in the big movements. People are overlooking the effect of losing a NFC Conference game in Lambeau. Something Aaron’s been asking for the last few years.

    Playing Clay at MLB would be a great move. He proved he can be effective there.

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