Plenty of people have suggested it. That the Green Bay Packers move on from Clay Matthews after the season.
Matthews has 7.5 sacks this year. He’ll enter the final year of his deal with an $11.4 million cap hit. The Packers would gain all of that back if they were to release Matthews.
So what does Clay think? Well, he wants to stick around and collect that check, of course.
“It’s something you think about. It’s not something you dwell on. I think about will I be able to play here for several more years or will I go somewhere else? At the same time, I’m approaching it as, I’ve still got a year left (here) until they let me know otherwise. Hopefully they don’t, though.”
Despite the sack numbers being down, Matthews has had himself a pretty good year. He has 51 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three passes defended, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, 12 quarterback hits and 18 quarterback pressures.
Throw in the fact that pass rush has been one of the team’s biggest weaknesses and you’d have a hard time convincing me the Packers would even consider releasing Matthews.