Rams Interested In Clay Matthews?

The Rams could be a potential landing spot for Clay Matthews, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (video link). The long-time Packers star is set to join another club for the first time in his career, and Los Angeles is the first club with reported interest.

We learned at the beginning of the 2018 campaign that Green Bay was prepared to let the 32-year-old linebacker (33 in May) hit free agency. And although Matthews produced just 3.5 sacks in 2018, he still graded out as an above-average edge defender, per Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics. Plus, he is one year removed from a very strong 2017 campaign, when he recorded 7.5 sacks and graded out as one of the better pass rushers in the league.

The double-digit sack seasons appear to be in the rear-view mirror, but Matthews clearly has something left in the tank as a situational pass rusher. The Rams have a couple of members of their front seven who are capable of getting to the quarterback (see, Aaron Donald, Dante Fowler), and Matthews would further enhance a unit that ranked in the middle of the pack in sacks last season.

Matthews has six Pro Bowl bids and one First Team All-Pro nod to his credit, though he hasn’t received either honor since the 2015 season.

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15 comments on “Rams Interested In Clay Matthews?

  1. dray16

    in the right system he could be decent or at least help out. GB defense is a s***show

    • twentyforty

      Wrong on several levels. Unless Matthews is willing to play MLB…and by all accounts he doesn’t like all the contact…he’s done as a useful NFL player. He’s not even a quality situational pass rusher. His legs are gone.

  2. brewersalliance

    “Plus, he is one year removed from a very strong 2017 campaign, when he recorded 7.5 sacks and graded out as one of the better pass rushers in the league”

    As a packers fan who watched him play and struggle to beat basically being single teamed every single play, I can assure you that statement is not accurate, and Clay is trash

    • rocky7

      Yes, you’re right to question the statement about Mathews grading out as one of the better pass rushers in 2017….especially because he only played 14 games….were the rest of the leagues pass rushers asleep?

  3. Marytown1

    Biggest issue with Clay has been staying healthy. If he was a teams #3 or 4 edge rusher he could still be dominant. As a Packer fan, it was time to move on from him and Perry. They ignored help at the edge rusher for too many years and had to do something drastic.

    • twentyforty

      Dominant? You’re not serious? He’s barely serviceable no matter how little he’s used as an edge rusher.

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