After spending the first decade of his career in Green Bay, Matthews will return to his roots of Southern California and join the Rams. The veteran outside linebacker saw his production drop in recent years, as he posted a career-low 3.5 sacks in 2018, and is coming off consecutive seasons with just 43 tackles. However, he still holds value as an edge rusher when his snaps are limited. He should have no problem carving out a role in the Rams' linebacker rotation in 2019.
Matthews is drawing "significant interest" on the open market, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.
Matthews' free-agency tour has reportedly been delayed by the birth of a new child. While it's not clear which teams are specifically interested in the six-time Pro-Bowler, it seems it won't be long until Matthews finds a new home. The odds of him returning to Green Bay drastically diminished after the team was able to lure in outside linebackers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith this week.
Matthews had 43 tackles (29 solo) and 3.5 sacks over 16 games in 2018.
Matthews could have had a couple more sacks if not for some questionable roughing-the-passer penalties early on, but regardless, he still finished with the fewest sacks of his 10-year career. Matthews will be a free agent in 2019, and it remains to be seen if the Packers will try to bring him back, or if he will spend next season playing with a team other than the one who drafted him in 2009.
Matthews recorded two tackles (one solo), a sack and a forced fumble across 49 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bears.
Matthews now has a sack in back-to-back contests, bringing his season total to four -- which is on pace for a career-low. The veteran will look to continue his sack streak against the Jets on Sunday.
Matthews recorded three solo tackles, including a sack, in Sunday's win over the Falcons.
Matthews had been held without a sack in five-straight games entering Sunday. The sack gives him 3.5 on the season, on pace for the fewest of his career. That being said, he's right on track with his tackle numbers from years past, currently with 39 through 13 games.
|2009||Green Bay Packers||16||51||37.0||14||10||0||0||0.0||0||0||7|
|2010||Green Bay Packers||15||60||54.0||6||13.5||1||62||62.0||62||1||4|
|2011||Green Bay Packers||15||50||37.0||13||6||3||47||15.7||38||1||9|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||12||43||32.0||11||13||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||11||41||26.0||15||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2014||Green Bay Packers||16||61||45.0||16||11||1||40||40.0||40||0||9|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||66||49.0||17||6.5||1||42||42.0||42||0||3|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||12||24||20.0||4||5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||14||43||27.0||16||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||2|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||16||43||29.0||14||3.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2009||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||1||0||3||46||3||1|
|2010||Green Bay Packers||15||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Green Bay Packers||15||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Green Bay Packers||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Green Bay Packers||11||0||0||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||12||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||14||1||0||1||0||1||63||1||0|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|