Cutting Todd Gurley is the headliner, but the Los Angeles Rams are also releasing veteran linebacker Clay Matthews, according to reports.
The 33-year-old Matthews spent last season with the Rams after playing his first 10 years with the Green Bay Packers. In 13 games, he recorded 37 tackles and eight sacks. Matthews missed three games with a broken jaw.
A 2009 first-round pick out of USC, Matthews had one year remaining on the two-year contract he signed with LA last spring. By cutting him, the Rams will save nearly $4 million dollars.
NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo first reported news of Matthews’ release. Yahoo’s Charles Robinson confirmed the decision.
#Rams are also releasing LB Clay Matthews, source says
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 19, 2020
— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 19, 2020
Matthews’ best days are behind him, but considering NFL teams are always looking for pass rush, he’ll likely get an opportunity elsewhere in 2020.
For his career, Matthews has reached six Pro Bowls and made All-Pro three times. He has compiled 519 tackles and 91.5 sacks, which is sixth-best among active players.