Ed "Pi Double i" Henderson
Updated 3/19/19 6:13PM PST
The Los Angeles Rams have signed former Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews to two-year $16.75M deal to play for the defending NFC Champions.
Matthews, the hometown kid arrives back home to LA where he prepped at Agoura High School less than a mile away from the Rams Headquarters. He played collegiately at USC after earning a walk-on scholarship to play for the Men of Troy. Matthews played primarily on special teams until his senior year where the Trojans won their third consecutive Pac-10 titles.
The Packers selected Matthews with their 26th overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft, where he was a starter and collected eight sacks his rookie season. However, his nine-year career with the Packers came to an end after the Packers elected not to resign the veteran linebacker.
Matthews was the center of controversy the last two football seasons after the league officials access several unnecessary roughness penalties against him, one in which cost the Packers a loss. The controversy had gotten so bad that Matthews mummed retirement because of the calls.
Matthew gained recognition from the Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips as he publicly stated he always love Matthews. Not certain if Phillips was pitching for Matthews to consider signing with the Rams, but he is the force the Rams can use with outside pressure. Matthews has over 480 tackles, 15 forced fumbles, six interceptions, 40 pass deflections, three defensive touchdowns, and 83.5 sacks during his career.
Matthews number were down last season, but the Rams could use him in situational downs. Since the birth of his newborn this past offseason, Matthews has focused on his family and put off his free agency meetings. The rams were optimistic getting the deal done as the two sides were able get the deal done today.
Matthews is the son of Clay Matthews Jr (Browns/Falcons) and the nephew of Bruce Matthews (Houston/Tennessee), both who also played at USC and in the NFL.